Definition of clad

 (Entry 1 of 5)

past tense and past participle of clothe


\ ˈklad How to pronounce clad (audio) \

Definition of clad (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : being covered or clothed ivy-clad buildings clad in red silk pajamas
2 of a coin : consisting of outer layers of one metal bonded to a core of a different metal half-dollar clad coins


clad or cladded; cladding

Definition of clad (Entry 3 of 5)

transitive verb

: sheathe, face specifically : to cover (a metal) with another metal by bonding stainless steel plates were clad with copper



Definition of clad (Entry 4 of 5)

1a : a composite material formed by cladding
b : a clad coin
2 : cladding specifically : the outer layer of a clad coin
variants: or clado-

Definition of clad- (Entry 5 of 5)

: slip : sprout cladophyll

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Synonyms for clad

Synonyms: Verb

face, sheathe (also sheath)

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Examples of clad in a Sentence


if the vehicles are not clad in armor, they will remain vulnerable to roadside bombs

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

In another instance, one of her midi-clad friends walked past a table of businessmen in a fancy French restaurant and was hissed at thanks to her heavy skirts. Marlen Komar, Vox, "The surprisingly controversial history of the midi-length skirt," 27 June 2019 But in the years since its debut, the show’s marketing has so aggressively linked the struggles of its red-clad Handmaids to those of women fighting contemporary injustices that something of import feels lost. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Miriam Toews’s Quiet Revolution," 26 June 2019 As proof that celebrities are really just like us, a fan video from the annual Indiana event shows Kelly—clad in black, sky-high pumps—making her way inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Wait, Why Was There So Much Drama Around Kelly Clarkson at the Indy 500?," 28 May 2019 Grace Elizabeth transforms from a punk bride clad in black to a dreamy romantic in swaths of ruffles. Carine Roitfeld, Harper's BAZAAR, "The modern bride is a rebel, a romantic, a maverick, a mother–and so much more.," 2 Apr. 2019 Among the examples was a party last summer at an airport hangar in Santa Monica in which scantily clad models were hired to wear deer costumes meant to look like one of Snapchat’s lenses. Meg James,, "Snap CEO Evan Spiegel says charges of sexism at his company are a 'wake-up call'," 30 May 2018 The Graham girls frolicked along the Punta Cana beaches to capture their sisterly bond all while clad in cute swimwear including mesh one-shoulder piece to die for. Teen Vogue, "Meet Ashley Graham’s Little Sister Abigail Who Stars In Her New Campaign For Swimsuits For All," 21 May 2019 Prior to his homer, a hitless Harper was just like the rest of the red-clad fans — cheerleading the other Phillies hitters. Aaron Bracy, The Seattle Times, "Harper homers, hears “MVP!” chants as Phillies beat Braves," 31 Mar. 2019 Lunch itself arrived midday; several immaculate Loro Piana–clad fishermen carted in gigantic dorade fish and lobsters directly from the sea. Hayley Bloomingdale, Vogue, "Inside the Yacht-Filled St. Barth’s Holiday That Was All Over Instagram This Weekend," 28 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There is a beautiful lattice pattern that clads the walls, inspired by a garden trellis. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This Former Party Island for British Royals is Now a Chic New Hotel," 18 June 2019 The material used to clad the tower was later found to be highly combustible and allowed for the fire's rapid spread upwards. Angela Dewan, CNN, "Grenfell fire: London police investigating fire brigade's 'stay put' advice," 7 June 2018 Take It Up a Peg To maintain the airiness of the kitchen, Mr. Turett rejected heavy stone and marble and opted for white Formica countertops and pale-grey metal pegboard to clad the kitchen island. Eleanore Park, WSJ, "An Industrial Kitchen for People Who Love Nature," 19 Nov. 2018 We’ve been allowed, for the first time ever, to clad the facade of La Scala. Vogue, "A Lightness of Being—Hamish Bowles on Creative Directing the 2018 Green Carpet Fashion Awards," 23 Sep. 2018 While the roof structure survived, cladding didn’t, and water seeped into the buildings, destroying goods and allowing mold and fungus to flourish. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How architects and designers are rebuilding Puerto Rico," 20 Sep. 2018 The duo tore down the house and salvaged the steel cladding to use as the facade for a pair of tiny homes. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "These solar-powered steel cabins make a perfect desert getaway," 20 June 2018 Campaigners, residents and lawmakers had argued for a total ban on cladding and a review of building regulations. James Masters, CNN, "Grenfell Tower review stops short of calling for cladding ban," 17 May 2018 The xDrive 30i’s midrange Luxury Design trim wears bright chrome exterior accents, and the M Sport Design trim comes with body-color bumpers and lower cladding for a more monochromatic look. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "2018 BMW X3," 12 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In Berkeley, black-clad protesters wearing masks threw Molotov cocktails and smashed windows at the student union center where the Yiannopoulos event was to be held. Jessica Suerth And Leah Asmelash, CNN, "What you need to know about Antifa," 2 July 2019 Think paint, wood clad, wood beams, wallpaper, and more. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "These Trends Are Officially So 2018. Here's What's Replacing Them," 13 Nov. 2018 The Pink Floyd tribute band that performs, and the organic food stands that congregate on the quad around the dancing, tie-dye clad free thinkers! Brinton Parker, Seventeen, "Bohemian Culture at UC Davis," 15 May 2012 The metal clad upper floors are in contrast to the lighter brick of the original building. Katherine Clarke, WSJ, "Downtown New York Penthouse Asks $37.5 Million," 3 July 2018 Vicentini, a 31-year-old Brazilian clad in his national team’s jersey, had just watched his team score two late goals in tense victory over Costa Rica on June 22 when Russian security officers pounced. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "The World Cup’s Hot New Accessory Comes With a Few Questions," 3 July 2018 Opening the show, two women strutted down the platform runway-worthy clad in matching metallic blue leotards waving a blue and purple flag. Kendra Parks,, "Tank and the Bangas hype the Acura Stage crowd for the first time," 5 May 2018 At the rally Saturday morning, a handful of black-clad and masked protesters exchanged insults with the Trump supporters. Megan Cassidy, azcentral, "Trump Unity Rally in Phoenix draws cheers, jeers, Joe Arpaio," 10 Mar. 2018 The black-clad Sanford Stadium crowd roared at kickoff. Andy Staples,, "The Decade of Alabama-Georgia Games That Built Toward a National Championship Meeting," 5 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of clad


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1939, in the meaning defined above


1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for clad

Adjective and Verb

Middle English, past participle of clothen to clothe

Combining form

New Latin, from Greek klad-, klado-, from klados branch, shoot of a tree; akin to Old English holt woods — more at holt

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The first known use of clad was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of clad

literary + formal
: covered with something specified
used to describe the way someone is dressed often used in combination


Kids Definition of clad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense and past participle of clothe


\ ˈklad How to pronounce clad (audio) \

Kids Definition of clad (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : being covered copper-clad pots
2 : being dressed The children were clad in their best clothes.

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