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

Let’s also acknowledge that for some people, a leather-clad PC crosses a line. Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld, "The HP Spectre Folio is a leather-clad laptop that's luxurious," 1 Oct. 2018 Philadelphia police are searching for a wrench-wielding, Batman-tee clad man that recently attacked a Wendy’s worker and threatened to break into the fast-food restaurant with the weapon. Fox News, "Philadelphia Wendy’s drive-thru worker attacked by wrench-wielding man in Batman shirt," 29 Aug. 2018 Both are sleekly clad in black and have a contrasting light pine interior that seems to be the company’s calling card. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Ultra-stylish tiny house comes with fold-down deck," 9 Nov. 2018 Her look perfectly matched the models that walked among her, who were all clad in white and neutral-toned lingerie and feathered wings. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Halsey Wore Her Bra and Underwear as an Outfit on the Red Carpet," 9 Nov. 2018 The newer chain also capitalizes on innuendo and scantily clad servers but has (until very recently) enjoyed steady growth. Vox, "Hooters is closing restaurants. Is its offensive uniform to blame?," 4 Oct. 2018 Oktoberfest, the weekslong German celebration dating back to the 1800s is known for beer, traditional Bavarian food and parades, but recently it has become recognized for something else — scantily clad women. Alexandra Deabler, Fox News, "Female Oktoberfest tourists slammed for 'porno dresses,' accused of ruining tradition," 10 Sep. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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

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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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