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[air-deyl] /ˈɛərˌdeɪl/
one of a breed of large terriers having a wiry, black-and-tan coat and a docked tail.
Also called Airedale terrier.
Origin of Airedale
1875-80; short for Airedale terrier; so called from the name of a district in Yorkshire where the dogs were bred Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The Airedale would have followed him, but with the menace of an upraised fist he sent it back.

    Cursed George Allan England
  • Looking wisely and suspiciously at Trent as he sauntered by was an Airedale.

  • The Airedale grasped it at once, and nodded understandingly.

  • It was the soul of his Airedale father, telling him the other thing was running away!

    The Country Beyond James Oliver Curwood
  • The district specially known as Airedale is the valley of the Aire above Leeds.

  • The Airedale that does not carry a gay tail is a delight to no eye.

    The Airedale Williams Haynes
  • Mr. Airedale, Mr. Dobermann-Pinscher, and several other prominent members of the Church burst into threatening growls.

    Where the Blue Begins Christopher Morley
  • Had the Airedale not filled this bill, he would never have persisted.

    The Airedale Williams Haynes
  • He was again beginning to distrust Riley, who undoubtedly resembled an Airedale.

    The Land of Strong Men Arthur M. Chisholm
  • The city at best is no place for any dog; no place for terriers of all dogs, and of all terriers, the Airedale!

    The Airedale Williams Haynes
British Dictionary definitions for Airedale


a large rough-haired tan-coloured breed of terrier characterized by a black saddle-shaped patch covering most of the back Also called Airedale terrier
Word Origin
C19: name of a district in Yorkshire
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Airedale

type of terrier, 1880, named for Airedale, a district in West Riding, Yorkshire.

Name registered by Kennel Club (1886), for earlier Bingley (where first bred), or broken-haired terrier. [Weekley]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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