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tweed

[tweed] /twid/
noun
1.
a coarse wool cloth in a variety of weaves and colors, either hand-spun and handwoven in Scotland or reproduced, often by machine, elsewhere.
2.
tweeds, garments made of this cloth.
3.
a paper having a rough surface, used especially for certain photographic prints.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45; apparently back formation from Scots tweedling twilling (now obsolete) < ?

Tweed

[tweed] /twid/
noun
1.
William Marcy
[mahr-see] /ˈmɑr si/ (Show IPA),
("Boss Tweed") 1823–78, U.S. politician.
2.
a river flowing E from S Scotland along part of the NE boundary of England into the North Sea. 97 miles (156 km) long.
3.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for tweed

tweed

/twiːd/
noun
1.
  1. a thick woollen often knobbly cloth produced originally in Scotland
  2. (as modifier): a tweed coat
2.
(pl) clothes made of this cloth, esp a man's or woman's suit
3.
(pl) (Austral, informal) trousers
Word Origin
C19: probably from tweel, a Scottish variant of twill, influenced by Tweed

Tweed

/twiːd/
noun
1.
a river in SE Scotland and NE England, flowing east and forming part of the border between Scotland and England, then crossing into England to enter the North Sea at Berwick. Length: 156 km (97 miles)
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Word Origin and History for tweed
n.

1847 (perhaps as early as 1831), a trade name said to have developed from a misreading (supposedly by London hatter James Locke) of tweel, Scottish variant of twill, possibly influenced by the river Tweed in Scotland.

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