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 This is due, in no small part, to the vast army of high-vis clad cleaners who seem to gather on every corner. Tom Bouchier Hayes, CNN, 20 Dec. 2021 Surveillance footage shows the suspect clad head to toe in black, reaching into shattered display cases and swiping necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Paul Best, Fox News, 4 Sep. 2021 The flat clad bottom works to evenly heat the canner on gas or induction ranges. Chris Hachey, BGR, 19 May 2021 The next morning a railroad worker spotted the girl’s partly clad body in a bramble of ivy. oregonlive, 15 May 2020 Cherfitness The Cherfitness oeuvre, which includes A New Attitude from 1991 and Body Confidence from 1992, is an odd, highly specific and black-clad universe. Marisa Meltzer, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2020 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, 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, 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,, 20 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Reinvigorated and clad in a saffron dhoti, Ram exacts revenge on the despotic British governor with the help of his burly friend Bheem, who bears a resemblance to the Hindu god Hanuman. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2022 Hubs for Dragon Con 2022, tens of thousands of costume donned, memorabilia clad superfans from around the globe will be flocking to Georgia’s capitol to celebrate pop culture, meet their favorite content creators and to party. Hunter Boyce, ajc, 9 Aug. 2022 Instead of rooting for Israel, the large delegation of participants on an NCSY trip sponsored by the inclusive Israel experience Yad B’Yad came clad in blue and orange to cheer on Auburn, the reigning SEC regular-season champions. Howard Blas, Sun Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2022 Built in the form of an oval and clad in floor-to-ceiling concave windows that give the façade a petal-like outline, the structure frames striking views of Denver’s downtown. Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2022 Dyson blow dryers, an open-air state-of-the-art gym in the olive groves, colorful pool umbrellas by La Double J, and employees clad in uniforms by Italian ready-to-wear brand Giuliva Heritage. Rima Suqi, ELLE Decor, 26 July 2022 Both are clad with jewel-tone upholstery and a design created to evoke the city’s counterculture movements in the ’60s and ’70s. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 21 July 2022 Traditionally, Cape Cods were clad with shingles of white cedar, which stood up well to the salt air and took on a silvery patina over time. Jeffrey Bauman, ELLE Decor, 15 July 2022 The exteriors were clad in wood, with curved corners. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 18 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Meanwhile black clad, helmet and face-mask wearing anti-fascist protesters also were on the streets. Washington Post, 17 Aug. 2019 See More

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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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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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