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 patternb : a fabric with a pattern of tartan or an imitation of tartan
3a : tartan 1b : a pattern of unevenly spaced repeated stripes crossing at right angles
plaidedplay \ˈpla-dəd\ adjective
Examples of plaid in a Sentence
She likes to wear plaids.
Recent Examples of plaid from the Web
At golf tournaments, preppy plaids are the way to go, and at tennis tournaments, attendees often dress in white.
Palmer, who came close to slipping on the plaid jacket last year, shot 77.
Bay Area Explorers tend to be young, dressed in expensive denim and bespoke plaids.
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Origin and Etymology of plaid
Scottish Gaelic plaide
First Known Use: 1512See Words from the same year
PLAID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of plaid for English Language Learners
: a pattern on cloth of stripes with different widths that cross each other to form squares
plaids : clothes with plaid patterns
: a woolen cloth with a plaid pattern that is worn over the shoulder as part of the Scottish national costume
PLAID Defined for Kids
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