\ 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

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Other Words from plaid

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

Examples of plaid in a Sentence

She likes to wear plaids.
Recent Examples on the Web In the wrong hands, the scarves would look dowdy, but Durran paired them with unexpected pieces—preppy plaid skirts, long crimson capes, jaunty newsboy caps—that gives them an oddball chic. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, "How Jacqueline Durran, the “Little Women” Costume Designer, Remixes Styles and Eras," 13 Jan. 2020 For decades, public schools in Mexico have required standardized plaid pants for boys and plaid skirts for girls. Washington Post, "World Digest: June 4, 2019," 4 June 2019 For example, a classic red cardigan paired with high-waist plaid pants and a fanny pack worn crossbody. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "How to Wear a Statement Sweater Like the Street Style Set at London Fashion Week," 21 Feb. 2018 Hawke, meanwhile, subtly matched his mother’s very chic outfit in a plaid, shearling-collar bomber jacket overtop a navy sweater and black tailored trousers. Liam Hess, Vogue, "Uma Thurman and Her Son Stole the Show at Dior Couture in Paris," 20 Jan. 2020 Lamy, too, wore a floral dress, bright green, with a red-and-black-plaid flannel pullover on top—Pacific islands meets the Ozarks. Carolyn Kormann, The New Yorker, "The Cost of Fleeing Climate Change," 10 Jan. 2020 Adams wore a red Santa hat and Hyland topped off her look with plaid, red and black reindeer antlers, while their three dogs were also adorned in Christmas outfits. Darlene Aderoju,, "Sarah Hyland and Fiancé Wells Adams Pose in Festive Holiday Outfits: 'Third Christmas with You'," 26 Dec. 2019 White and neutral-colored furniture, festive plaids, plus smaller metal items such as white distressed snowflake tree toppers are also sought after, according to sibling owners Therese Turnbaugh and Jeannene Clark. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Angelus Home & Garden in Walworth is a decor store with a flair for unique items," 14 Nov. 2019 The company offers a wide range of styles (floral, plaid, art deco), in a rainbow of colors and a variety of materials to expand — and complete — their collection. NBC News, "17 best subscription boxes everyone on your list will love," 18 Dec. 2018

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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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The first known use of plaid was in 1512

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17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Plaid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of plaid

: a pattern on cloth of stripes with different widths that cross each other to form squares
US : clothes with plaid patterns
: a woolen cloth with a plaid pattern that is worn over the shoulder as part of the Scottish national costume


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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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