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past tense and past participle of clothe


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


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clad or cladded; cladding

transitive verb

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


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: a composite material formed by cladding
: a clad coin
: cladding
specifically : the outer layer of a clad coin


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combining form

variants or clado-
: slip : sprout

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
Patrons sat amidst veined marble clad walls, a high fancy plaster ceiling, iron staircase and other distinctive interior architectural embellishments of the Teddy Roosevelt era. Jacques Kelly, Baltimore Sun, 5 Aug. 2023 The nonstick pieces are made with stainless clad and topped with two layers of nonstick coating that makes both cooking and cleanup effortless. Kristen (kj) Callihan, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 July 2023 Emma’s body, according to her Chinese manufacturer, consists of food-grade thermoplastic elastomer over a skeleton of clad steel. Sam Lipsyte, Harper's Magazine, 12 Apr. 2022 The large tempera painting shows a group of colorfully clad people on a lawn, some eating or playing music, while others seem to be dancing. Kirsten Grieshaber, Fortune, 13 June 2023 After spending six hours handing out merch at the new Malibu Barbie Cafe pop-up in the West Loop, 18-year-old Keni Adekeye stood among the sea of hot-pink clad fans, wrapping up her first shift. Jenna Smith, Chicago Tribune, 8 June 2023 Inscrutable, various and generally scantily clad, these half-fish, half-woman mythological creatures are shapeshifting female figures known the world over, from the sirens of the Aegean, to the jiaoren of the South China Sea, to Africa’s Mami Wata, often traced to the coast of Guinea. Jackie Mansky, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 May 2023 Channeling Bob Mizer stag films and George Quaintance paintings, Almodóvar goes where Hollywood never dared, showing the two studs wrassling and groping one another, while a trio of brightly clad women excuse themselves from the scene. Peter Debruge, Variety, 17 May 2023 In Paris, street battles between police and black-clad, masked groups who attacked at least two fast food restaurants, a supermarket, and a bank reflected intensifying violence and drew attention away from the tens of thousands of peaceful marchers. Alexander Turnbull, Nicolas Garriga, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Mar. 2023
Offering a variety of fabrics and wallcoverings in the moire style, in both classic and contemporary colors, moire has been used to clad surfaces from walls to wardrobe doors and furniture. Kristina McGuirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Nov. 2023 There’s an element of social responsibility in every Akili project (the thousands of old wooden shutters cladding the sides of Potato Head, for instance, were painstakingly salvaged from the neighboring island of Java). Maria Shollenbarger, Travel + Leisure, 1 July 2023 To wear it, to clad yourself in Williams’s exquisite taste, is to mark yourself as a member of a club committed to graciousness. Rachel Tashjian, Washington Post, 21 June 2023 Mel Taing The piece titled #0, from 2022, has the presence of an overgrown jungle, its organic form wrought from a network of the same material that clads the serpent, but in spiny black. Globe Staff,, 25 May 2023 Chong Mi Land ensure everyone’s clad in their ‘30s shipboard finest, even when in disguise. David L. Coddoncontributor, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Feb. 2023 General manager Ned Grabavoy — clad in training gear, preparing for a staff soccer match later Friday — answered phone calls through his AirPods. oregonlive, 10 Feb. 2023 Digital renderings released by MAD Architects show the Changchun terminal building clad in white, with slits along its gentle arches letting natural light in while emitting the glow of artificial light, producing an elegant golden effect. CNN, 9 Feb. 2023 However, the multi-hyphenate star's wardrobe wasn't always this way: During the early days of his career with One Direction, he was often clad in plain white tees and skinny jeans. Ariana Quihuiz, Peoplemag, 1 Feb. 2023
Chunky black hexagons spill out of the center of its grille, and matte plastic clads all the sharp body lines on the tiny SUV. Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 13 Mar. 2023 As a result, Efergan, an easygoing 48-year-old clad in a V-neck undershirt, jeans and sneakers, is toiling full days and often manning the register. Paul Davidson, USA Today, 23 June 2021 Varied actors have been accused of exacerbating the unrest, from police officers filmed brutalizing people who had their hands raised in surrender to a 20-year-old clad in the insignia of a militant movement for veganism attacking a police vehicle. Anchorage Daily News, 4 June 2020 Only a few months later, Hong Kong’s frontline protesters showed up clad in standard-issue global protester gear: respirators, helmets, and long sleeves. Zeynep Tufekci, The Atlantic, 4 June 2020 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., 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, 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, 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, 27 Aug. 2019 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1939, in the meaning defined above


1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

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“Clad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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1 of 2

past and past participle of clothe


2 of 2 adjective
: being covered : wearing clothes

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