\ ˈplad \

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

3a : tartan sense 1

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 \ adjective

Examples of plaid in a Sentence

She likes to wear plaids.

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One man wore a white T-shirt with black pants and a black hat, while the other wore a blue and yellow plaid, short sleeve, buttoned shirt and light-colored pants with a white baseball cap, the video showed. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Thieves steal diamond rings worth $45,000, police say," 11 July 2018 Tonight's Fall Versace show featured a mash-up of brightly colored plaids that called to mind the yellow schoolgirl skirt and fuzzy cardigan famously worn by Cher Horowitz in Clueless. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "As If! Cher Horowitz’s '90s Plaid Made an Appearance on the Versace Runway in Milan," 23 Feb. 2018 But her attempts to establish an atmosphere of drab, low-key realism — evident in the dim lighting, wobbly framing and Laura’s penchant for rumpled plaid shirts — can scarcely conceal the essential phoniness of the material. Justin Chang,, "'Boundaries' takes the road all too quirkily traveled," 21 June 2018 The actress who played her in 1995's Clueless -- Alicia Silverstone -- returns in her classic yellow plaid blazer and matching miniskirt for the new season of Lip Sync Battle premiering June 14. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Alicia Silverstone Revisits Iconic 'Clueless' Outfit for 'Lip Sync Battle' in New Season Promo," 4 June 2018 Burberry, the iconic British fashion house known for its signature brown and black plaid pattern, has unveiled a new design that incorporates the rainbow flag as a tribute to the LGBT community and charities supporting them. Monica Rhor, Houston Chronicle, "Burberry unveils 'Rainbow Check' to support LGBT charities," 14 Feb. 2018 Her standouts include a suit jacket of mixed plaid with padded shoulders. Leigh Nordstrom | Wwd,, "Serena Williams hopes ‘S’ means success," 30 May 2018 Actress Tracee Ellis Ross wore a cool plaid hot pink jacket for #NationalPinkDay. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The 15 Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Aquaria Is Always Decadent, Tracee Ellis Ross Shines," 30 June 2018 Bella opened the show in a denim button-down, black pants, and a red plaid western jacket that proved to be the theme of the evening, while Kendall was dressed in a very controversial fur coat later on in the presentation. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid Star in the New Dsquared2 Campaign," 14 June 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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English Language Learners Definition of plaid

: 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


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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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