plaid

noun
\ 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.

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Henry Anguyo, in a neat plaid button-down, presides from a plastic chair next to a shack on the side of a long dirt road. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "In Uganda, a unique urban experiment is under way," 17 June 2019 Before the royal wedding, Meghan visited Edinburgh with Prince Harry and arrived wearing a stunning plaid coat by Burberry. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Just Channeled Meghan Markle's Nautical Pants," 7 May 2019 Police think Sarbesh, who was wearing a blue and white plaid shirt, wandered off. Dallas News, "2-year-old boy reported missing in Denton," 2 July 2019 Duggan — in blue jeans, boat shoes, a short-sleeve plaid shirt that serves duty two days in a row and Ray Bans tipped back on his head — can’t finish a story without triggering two or three mini-stories along the way. Washington Post, "When that ‘rock’ is actually a horseshoe crab and the beach becomes a respite from the city," 22 June 2019 Whatever side of the border these clubs are on, most of them affect a shaggy, woodsy aesthetic, a little plaid here, some taxidermied animal there. Jonny Diamond, Longreads, "Lumbersexuality, a Sport and a Pastime," 8 June 2019 Of course, the Queen's love of plaid has remained steady throughout the years. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Princess Charlotte Looks Just Like Queen Elizabeth In Her New Birthday Photos," 1 May 2019 Its not-so-short silhouette lends a sense of appropriateness for the workplace, and in classic plaids, pinstripes, or khaki, the effect isn’t that far off from a traditional suit. Vogue, "How to Look Chic in Shorts? Try These 6 Trends," 30 Apr. 2019 For supremely hot days, stay cool by tying up your tresses with a plaid scrunchie instead of a boring old hair elastic. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "15 Practical Hair Accessories to Wear at the Beach and Beyond," 3 July 2019

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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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plaguey

plagula

plaice

plaid

plaiden

plaidie

plaiding

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plaid

noun

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

plaid

noun
\ ˈplad How to pronounce plaid (audio) \

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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