\ 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
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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Pair yours up with your bf's plaid shirt and some slouchy denim for casual grunge feels. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Instagram-Worthy Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans," 8 Jan. 2019 Pattern is used to add color and character, including plaids, checks, stripes, and one of the most common, toile. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About French Country Design," 9 Nov. 2018 From crisp white styles to bold colors (red, anyone?) and prints like plaid, see below to shop our picks, many which are on sale right now. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "The Best Thigh-High Boots That’ll Go With Every Outfit This Fall," 9 Oct. 2018 Such is the case with plaid, updated for fall 2018 with bold new colors, oversized lines, and quirky cool placements and combos (like being mixed with floral). Marie Claire, "Wear it to Work: Updated Plaid," 15 Sep. 2018 And yet in the hands of Burberry, Brock Collection, and Monse, plaid has lost its schoolgirl edge and assumed a new, cooler stance. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Top Trends of Pre-Fall 2019," 19 Dec. 2018 On that day, the Duchess of Sussex paired a plaid Karen Walker Banks trench (which retails for $750) with a very affordable ASOS maternity dress that costs just $56. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's $56 ASOS Dress Is Back in Stock in Time for Christmas," 17 Dec. 2018 Now, the signature plaid is getting a three-dimensional makeover thanks to the Dutch designer Sabine Marcelis. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Burberry’s iconic plaid turned into sculptural furniture," 16 Aug. 2018 Look closely at the shirt Jack's wearing underneath his plaid in the photo, below. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "This Hidden Detail From the This Is Us Season 3 Premiere Will Wreck You," 29 Sep. 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
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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