\ 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 plaid (audio) \ adjective

Examples of plaid in a Sentence

She likes to wear plaids.
Recent Examples on the Web The streets are populated with Vauxhall Victors and Ford Cortinas, the sidewalks inhabited by men in vintage plaid coats and women in platforms. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Of the Golden Globe nominees, ‘Small Axe’ is the one to catch up on first. Here’s why," 28 Feb. 2021 This set of three comes in patterns like red plaid and pink florals. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "From unicorns to ‘Star Wars,’ 21 face masks for kids," 22 Feb. 2021 Retirees in jeans and plaid sit by the window, chatting over coffee and the local newspaper. Author: Kayla Ruble, Robert Klemko, Anchorage Daily News, "Dozens of restaurants in Michigan defy virus restrictions," 31 Jan. 2021 On Monday, Holmes took a walk in New York City in yet another deeply covetable coat—and matched with boyfriend Vitolo in plaid. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Katie Holmes' Mango Puffer Coat is a Must-Have for Winter," 26 Jan. 2021 Of course, the duchess has worn this vibrant plaid number before, albeit separately. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Pairs Pearls with a Festive Tartan Set to Thank Frontline Workers," 25 Jan. 2021 The new line consists of three core items: a duvet cover, shams and a robe, all of which are 100 percent cotton and come in five of Taylor’s most popular colorways — sunflower, bluebell, black and sage ginghams, and her goldenrod plaid. New York Times, "The T List: Five Things We Recommend This Week," 21 Jan. 2021 Looking flawless in a plaid Vivienne Westwood pantsuit and high pony, Aguilera hit the high notes while standing in front of her Christmas tree at the foot of a grand staircase. Ruth Kinane,, "Watch Christina Aguilera flawlessly perform 'The Christmas Song' on Seth Meyers," 16 Dec. 2020 On one side, a large audience pressed around a group of preppy-looking young men wearing plaid shirts, windbreakers, khakis, and sunglasses. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "Among the Insurrectionists," 15 Jan. 2021

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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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3 Mar 2021

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“Plaid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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