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[plad] /plæd/
any fabric woven of differently colored yarns in a crossbarred pattern.
a pattern of this kind.
a long, rectangular piece of cloth, usually with such a pattern and worn across the left shoulder by Scottish Highlanders.
having the pattern of a plaid.
Origin of plaid
1505-15; < Scots Gaelic plaide blanket, plaid (def 3) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for plaid
  • In handsome, loose swingback topcoats, he combines plaid and plain.
  • Some things are even worse than plaid with seersucker.
  • He started the show with three sparkling sequin-paved dresses, but soon moved into the plaid sequence.
  • The boys will wear dark blue pants, a plaid tie, yellow shirt and blue sweater with white trim.
  • Made of a rubberized plaid fabric with leather details, the shoulder bag is waterproof and fully lined.
  • Colors, checks, plaid pants and even backpacks were all super-sized.
  • Maple syrup production may conjure up rustic visions of burly guys in plaid shirts hauling metal buckets through the woods.
  • His plaid jacket, after all, was from a thrift store.
  • Ruddy-cheeked and plaid-clad, he could as easily be out here hunting chukar or mending downed fences.
  • Wear yours with jeans and boots or add a splash to your accessories with a plaid purse or even patterned shoes.
British Dictionary definitions for plaid


/plæd; pleɪd/
a long piece of cloth of a tartan pattern, worn over the shoulder as part of Highland costume
  1. a crisscross weave or cloth
  2. (as modifier): a plaid scarf
Word Origin
C16: from Scottish Gaelic plaide, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for plaid

1510s, from Scottish, from or related to Gaelic plaide "blanket, mantle," of unknown origin, perhaps a contraction of peallaid "sheepskin," from peall "skin," from Latin pellis (but OED finds this "phonetically improbable"). The wearing of it by males forbidden by act of parliament, under penalty of transportation, 1746-82. As an adjective c.1600, from the noun.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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