Definition of plaid in English:

plaid

Syllabification: plaid
Pronunciation: /plad
 
/

noun

  • 1Checkered or tartan twilled cloth, typically made of wool.
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    • Highlights of its mix-and-match range include knitwear in cable, Fair Isle and jersey, leather pieces in oak and black, and fabrics such as wool plaid, bouclé and herringbone.
    • Men's classic suiting is coming out in patterns such as houndstooth, herringbone, glen plaid, tartan, pinstripes and Donegal tweed.
    • The familiar wool plaid jackets kept these men warm in early morning before the rays of the sun penetrated the canopy to reach the forest floor.
  • 1.1A long piece of plaid worn over the shoulder as part of Scottish Highland dress.
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    • Hard to miss, especially as they turned out in full dress uniform with plaids and feather bonnets on what turned out to be a warm day.
    • The plaid is a length of tartan cloth draped over the shoulder and does not properly refer to the pattern, which is the tartan.
    • His genre paintings, after he came to London, are not strongly Scottish in their detail (as a Lowlander he was unhappy that the kilt and plaid were being treated as national costume).

Derivatives

plaided

adjective
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  • They are checked and striped, plaided and spotted, creased, curved, whirled.
  • He had on when he left a black cloth cap, black cloth pantaloons, a plaided sack coat, a fine shirt, and brogan shoes.

Origin

early 16th century: from Scottish Gaelic plaide 'blanket', of unknown ultimate origin.

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