Definition of Clydesdale in English:


Pronunciation /ˈklīdzdāl/ /ˈklaɪdzdeɪl/


  • 1A horse of a heavy, powerful breed, used for pulling heavy loads.

    ‘Waka, the Clydesdale horse pulls a wagon over a hundred years old, and the driver gives a commentary as you travel.’
    • ‘These heavier horses used were largely Clydesdales and Shires.’
    • ‘If you visit the livery stables you can choose between riding in a covered wagon pulled by two Clydesdales, Jock and Bess, or in a horse-drawn buggy.’
    • ‘There are also some nice stories, including one about Samson, a six-year-old Clydesdale horse.’
    • ‘After the cattle the next biggest display is the Clydesdale horses.’
    • ‘We can look to the awesome power of a Clydesdale horse which eats largely hay and oats.’
    • ‘A third animal, a Clydesdale horse named Emma, is badly injured after being hit by three bullets.’
    • ‘There were teams of Clydesdales, Shires and Percherons.’
    • ‘The Clydesdale breed originated in Scotland and were used in heavy draught and farm work in the same way as Shires.’
    • ‘The farm is as it was in the 1950s and it is possible to see Clydesdale horses being used to work the land.’
    • ‘She used to go and stay with him on his farm, where they still used big Clydesdale horses to drag the plough.’
  • 2A dog of a small breed of terrier.

    • ‘Both the Clydesdale and the Paisley terrier eventually became extinct, but not before they had contributed to the development of the Yorkie.’


From the name of the area around the Clyde River in Scotland, where they were originally bred.