Definition of plaid in English:

plaid

Line breaks: plaid
Pronunciation: /plad
 
/

noun

[mass noun]
1Chequered or tartan twilled cloth, typically made of wool: a plaid shawl
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1 [count noun] A long piece of tartan worn over the shoulder as part of Scottish Highland dress.
More example sentences
  • 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).

Origin

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

Derivatives

plaided

adjective
More example sentences
  • 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.

Definition of plaid in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day flagitious
Pronunciation: fləˈdʒɪʃəs
adjective
(of a person or their actions) criminal; villainous