- a wool fabric with a rough surface, in any of various twill weaves of two or more colors or shades
- a suit, skirt, etc. of this
- [pl.] clothes of tweed
Origin of tweedfrom misreading of tweel, Scottish form of twill: later associated, association with Tweed
1823-78; U.S. politician & Tammany leader: called Boss Tweed
river in SE Scotland flowing east through NE England into the North Sea: 97 mi (156 km)
- A coarse, rugged, often nubby woolen fabric made in any of various twill weaves and used chiefly for casual suits and coats.
- tweeds Clothing made of this fabric.
Origin of tweedAlteration (influenced by the river Tweed ) of Scots tweel twill from Middle English twile ; see twill .
A river, about 160 km (100 mi) long, of southeast Scotland forming part of the Scottish-English border. It flows eastward to the North Sea and has rich salmon fisheries.