plaidest

plaid

[plad]
noun
1.
any fabric woven of differently colored yarns in a crossbarred pattern.
2.
a pattern of this kind.
3.
a long, rectangular piece of cloth, usually with such a pattern and worn across the left shoulder by Scottish Highlanders.
adjective
4.
having the pattern of a plaid.

Origin:
1505–15; < Scots Gaelic plaide blanket, plaid (def 3)

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plaid (plæd, pleɪd)
 
n
1.  a long piece of cloth of a tartan pattern, worn over the shoulder as part of Highland costume
2.  a.  a crisscross weave or cloth
 b.  (as modifier): a plaid scarf
 
[C16: from Scottish Gaelic plaide, of obscure origin]

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plaid
1512, from Scottish, from Gaelic plaide "blanket, mantle," of unknown origin, perhaps a contraction of peallaid "sheepskin," from peall "skin," from L. pellis (but OED finds this "phonetically improbable"). The wearing of it by males forbidden by act of parliament, under penalty of transportation, 1746-82.
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