Definition of clad 

(Entry 1 of 5)

past tense and past participle of clothe


\ˈklad \

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

The players flocked to the corner of the Zenit Arena where the loudest, yellow-clad section of supporters had bounced and chanted all evening and allowed the realization to wash over them. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Sweden’s Secret to World Cup Success: Play More Boring," 3 July 2018 Skateboarders clad in classic Vans are a dime a dozen in Venice Beach, but for their latest video series, Repetto is showing us how fashion girls do it. Leora Herman, The Cut, "Repetto Challenges You to Skateboard in Ballet Flats," 8 June 2018 At Star of David, Alyssa’s parents gave emotional speeches about their daughter as the group of mourners, clad in white shirts and blue jeans, reflected on her life. Wells Dusenbury,, "On her birthday, friends and family remember Parkland shooting victim Alyssa Alhadeff," 2 May 2018 There was also an envelope with more pictures of naked and scantily clad underage girls who appeared to be as young as eight. Fox News, "Man charged after child pornography stash found in remote 'gingerbread treehouse'," 20 Mar. 2018 The red-clad Belgians hardly knew what to make of it. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "France Advances to the World Cup Final," 10 July 2018 The diaper-clad baby was found wrapped up in a blanket, deputies said. Jacob Beltran, San Antonio Express-News, "Dead baby found in trunk during drug search at West Side home," 3 July 2018 But tribalism ultimately couldn’t save Pruitt from himself Being openly tribal has served Scott Pruitt well so far in his career, earning him the iron-clad support of industry, the far right, and Donald Trump alike. David Roberts, Vox, "Tribalism fueled Scott Pruitt’s rise to power — and the scandals that came with it," 5 July 2018 The new trend is to clad houses in Jerusalem stone, a kind of pale limestone. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, "Israelis Play Tourists in a Bedouin Town in the Negev," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The architects created the illusion of permeability by cladding the home’s top window with a pattern of metal material. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Bright red prefab home could pass for a modern barn," 8 June 2018 The home features cypress wall cladding, yellow pine vaulted ceilings and stone floors and walls. Maureen C. Gilmer, Indianapolis Star, "They didn't have the highest bid for dream home, but a simple letter sealed the deal," 25 May 2018 Gray body cladding extends from the wheel arches to include the headlight and taillight housings. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Hyundai’s 2018 Kona small crossover starts at $19,500, offers all-wheel drive | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 19 May 2018 White brick clads both exterior and interior walls, while terrazzo lines the floors in the common areas. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Circular midcentury modern gem wants $1M," 30 Apr. 2018 The transition into the private quarters is marked by parquet flooring that also clads portions of the ceiling. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Moody apartment renovation is all about natural materials," 23 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Angleton coach Ryan Roark is expecting at least 15,000 fans, preferably purple-clad, and Martin’s hoping for 20,000-plus, which would make for a packed house inside NRG, at least in the lower bowl. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "Angleton-Manvel state semifinal a rare matchup," 14 Dec. 2017 These long-haired, denim, leather and, yes, spandex clad bands also frequented smaller markets like Huntsville, Mobile and sometimes other Alabama cities like Montgomery. Matt Wake |,, "Alabama's hard-rock and heavy-metal heyday," 18 Oct. 2017 While there's little doubt that Xi's grip on the top job is iron clad, the Party isn't monolithic and different factions vie for power. Katie Hunt, CNN, "China's 19th party congress: What you need to know," 17 Oct. 2017

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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


Middle English, past participle of clothen to clothe


see clad entry 2

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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English Language Learners Definition of clad

: covered with something specified


Kids Definition of clad

 (Entry 1 of 2)

past tense and past participle of clothe


\ˈklad \

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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