\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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Traditional black silk brocade also worked well when paneled onto overcoats, mixed alongside Western plaids and recreational nylons for a delicate blend of textures and cultures. Monica Kim, Vogue, "5 Emerging Designers to Know From Seoul Fashion Week Fall 2018," 30 Mar. 2018 During a trip to L.A., Hadid stepped out in a black-and-white plaid suit featuring a long jacket and loose-fitting pants. Colleen Kratofil,, "Bella Hadid Puts a '90s Spin on Her Hot-Off-the-Runway Dior Outfits," 15 Mar. 2018 Westwood has her own plaid trademarked in the official Scottish registry, as does Burberry—and high-drama runway shows. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Riccardo Tisci Brings Vivienne Westwood to Burberry for a Collaboration," 6 July 2018 Buy Now Brooks Brothers plaid summer twill sport shirt Tucked in under a blazer or left unbuttoned by the pool, this shirt’ll adapt to whatever Independence Day brings your way. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "17 Fourth of July Menswear Buys That’ll Outshine the Fireworks," 3 July 2018 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

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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


\ˈplad \

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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