Simple Definition of plaid
: a pattern on cloth of stripes with different widths that cross each other to form squares
plaids : clothes with plaid patterns
: a woolen cloth with a plaid pattern that is worn over the shoulder as part of the Scottish national costume
Full Definition of plaid
1 : a rectangular length of tartan worn over the left shoulder as part of the Scottish national costume
2 a : a twilled woolen fabric with a tartan pattern b : a fabric with a pattern of tartan or an imitation of tartan
3 a : tartan 1 b : a pattern of unevenly spaced repeated stripes crossing at right angles
Examples of plaid
She likes to wear plaids.
Origin of plaid
Scottish Gaelic plaide
First Known Use: 1512
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