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: Verb

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Examples of clad in a Sentence

Verb if the vehicles are not clad in armor, they will remain vulnerable to roadside bombs
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective On March 23, Kylie reposted a post encouraging everyone to stay home, then followed it up with two snaps of herself, totally makeup-free and clad in comfy in sweats and a black hoodie. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Shared a Makeup-Free Selfie While Self-Isolating," 24 Mar. 2020 From the backdrop of their classes (the NYC skyline is often featured), to the upbeat and spandex clad instructors, these classes give the most realistic vibe of what an actual group fitness class feels like. Kate Mccarthy, USA TODAY, "25 ways to take your favorite workout classes at home," 2 Apr. 2020 During the evening, elegantly clad partygoers enjoyed posing on a red carpet with their furry friends, bidding on silent and live auction items and dancing to two live bands, Maggie Speaks and Spoken Four. Candace Jordan,, "Pups in tuxes and paw-dicures at pet-friendly Fur Ball to support PAWS Chicago," 20 Nov. 2019 The red-clad members of the group were arguing that Zuma should leave over corruption allegations – and were quick to tussle with the guards that showed up to escort them out of the building. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "5 of the wildest parliament brawls," 28 Feb. 2020 IndyStar About 100 red-clad teachers, parents and public education advocates gathered Monday in the north atrium of the Indiana Statehouse, trying to keep burning a flame lit in November when more than 10,000 teachers marched on the same grounds. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Small crowd rallies at Statehouse to keep 'Red for Ed' movement alive," 17 Feb. 2020 One night, a group of murderous, red-clad doppelgängers show up. Lauren Huff,, "The best movie twists of the 2010s," 16 Nov. 2019 The next day a smaller group of red-clad patriots puffed up the same hill to wave a giant national flag, in images heavily promoted by the mainland’s media. The Economist, "China’s demand for undivided loyalty is causing tragedy in Hong Kong," 26 Sep. 2019 Officials say a Florida police officer has been suspended after a video of him in uniform pretending to arrest three scantily clad models went viral. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Miami officer suspended after video with models in lingerie," 8 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Ford Fusion Active will be wagon version of the Fusion sedan with a mild lift, all-wheel drive, and rugged-looking body cladding. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "2022 Ford Fusion Active Wagon Will Be the Only Fusion Left Standing," 23 Apr. 2020 Holl’s landmark museum building, the addition to the Nelson-Atkins in Kansas City, is beautiful, with the same vertical translucent glass tubes that will clad the Houston building’s façade. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "Francis Bacon, from Tormented to Mellow, in Houston," 3 Mar. 2020 But office blocks tend to have high window-to-wall ratios and to be governed, for fire-safety reasons, by strict rules on wall cladding. The Economist, "Transparent solar cells could be used to glaze office blocks," 12 Dec. 2019 Preservationists argued that the 1931 building’s original Deco facade — covered by cladding since 1966 — is of historical importance and worth saving. Ben Brazil, Daily Pilot, "Preservationists and developer work to preserve as much of historic Santa Ana building as possible," 23 Oct. 2019 Lee was also smart to clad the towers in white metal panels that subtly echo the exteriors of beloved landmarks like the White Elephant Resale Shop. Blair Kamin,, "Column: The Lincoln Common district emerges in Lincoln Park — more city-friendly than the hospital it replaced, but still not a vital urban hub," 30 Sep. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Waving American flags, black-clad protesters marched to the US Consulate to thank Trump for signing into law last week legislation supporting their cause and urged him to swiftly sanction Lam and other officials for suppressing human rights., "HONG KONG — Thousands of people took to Hong Kong’s streets Sunday in a new wave of prodemocracy protests, but police fired tear gas after some demonstrators hurled bricks and smoke bombs, breaking a rare pause in violence that has persisted during the six-month-long movement.," 2 Dec. 2019 That last one is just for Pittsburgh Pirates, a very specific type of black-and-gold clad pirate averse to rings and trophies. Cicero Estrella, The Mercury News, "International Talk Like a Pirate Day is today — and it all began with a badly played game of racquetball and an ex-wife’s birthday," 19 Sep. 2019 Young, black-clad and wearing face masks, these non-uniformed officers fit right in on the barricades before springing into action to make arrests. Time, "Hong Kong's Protestors Have Their Own Special Slang. Here's a Glossary of Some Common Terms," 6 Sep. 2019 Amy, in her early 20s, and her dozen friends have been among the many black-clad, masked young protesters who are part of Hong Kong’s biggest political movement since the 2014 pro-democracy Occupy protests. Vivienne Chow, Quartz, "Hong Kong’s protesters are trying to break free from the “old seafood” generation," 27 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile black clad, helmet and face-mask wearing anti-fascist protesters also were on the streets. Washington Post, "The Latest: ‘Long and arduous’ protests in Portland, Oregon," 17 Aug. 2019 Law enforcement then closed the same bridge to the black-clad and masked far-left protesters. Gillian Flaccus, The Seattle Times, "Authorities praised for handling of protests in Portland," 20 Aug. 2019 Police used officers on bikes and in riot gear to keep black-clad, helmet- and mask-wearing anti-fascist protesters — known as antifa — from following them. Gillian Flaccus, The Denver Post, "At least 13 people arrested at Portland, Oregon, protest," 17 Aug. 2019 Police used officers on bikes and in riot gear to keep black-clad, helmet- and mask-wearing anti-fascist protesters — known as antifa — from following them. Gillian Flaccus, Twin Cities, "At least 13 people arrested at Portland protest," 17 Aug. 2019

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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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“Clad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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