\ ˈplad How to pronounce plaid (audio) \

Definition of plaid

1 : a rectangular length of tartan worn over the left shoulder as part of the Scottish national costume
2a : a twilled woolen fabric with a tartan pattern
b : a fabric with a pattern of tartan or an imitation of tartan
b : a pattern of unevenly spaced repeated stripes crossing at right angles

Other Words from plaid

plaid adjective
plaided \ ˈpla-​dəd How to pronounce plaid (audio) \ adjective

Examples of plaid in a Sentence

She likes to wear plaids.
Recent Examples on the Web And an even more daunting masterpiece, a coat of 1961 cut from just two pieces of fabric (made in plaid, no less; 24 invisible darts in the collar), is exhibited along with its monolithic pattern—a calculus beyond imagining. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, 15 June 2022 The putter consigned by Martin, along with a handwritten letter from Robert McFarlane, Reagan's National Security Advisor (the man in plaid in the above photo) is expected to fetch upwards of $35,000 dollars at an RR Auction sale on June 23rd. Mike Dojc, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Passing up the chance to wear Cher's yellow plaid outfit? Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 6 June 2022 Meanwhile, Staud is launching two plaid and croc shoulder bags in a wide range of colors, starting at $275. Frances Solá-santiago,, 3 June 2022 The dress & plaid shirt combo is a little chaotic and definitely a statement-maker. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, 1 June 2022 Details also helped: eight pockets, two mesh windows with fabric shutters, a plaid patterned floor, and two 19.5-square-foot vestibules. Ryan Stuart, Outside Online, 27 May 2022 Aqua Island, Dark Navy, Rockin’ Red, Tropical Picnics and plaid go together like peanut butter and jelly. Karla Pope, Woman's Day, 24 May 2022 Emma Corrin is British, The Crown actress channeled her homeland in a top hat, oversized plaid jacket, black shorts, and white tights. ELLE, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of plaid

1512, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plaid

Scottish Gaelic plaide

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19 Jun 2022

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“Plaid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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\ ˈplad How to pronounce plaid (audio) \

Kids Definition of plaid

1 : a pattern consisting of rectangles formed by crossed lines of various widths
2 : tartan

Other Words from plaid

plaid adjective a plaid skirt

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