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  1. a simple past tense and past participle of clothe.
adjective (usually used in combination)
  1. dressed: ill-clad vagrants.
  2. covered: vine-clad cottages.

Origin of clad1

before 950; Middle English cladd(e), Old English clāthod(e) clothed. See clothe, -ed2


verb (used with object), clad, clad·ding.
  1. to bond a metal to (another metal), especially to provide with a protective coat.

Origin of clad2

First recorded in 1935–40; special use of clad1


verb (used with object), clothed or clad, cloth·ing.
  1. to dress; attire.
  2. to provide with clothing.
  3. to cover with or as with clothing.

Origin of clothe

before 950; Middle English clothen, Old English clāthian, derivative of clāth cloth
Related formshalf-clothed, adjectivepre·clothe, verb (used with object), pre·clothed, pre·cloth·ing.re·clothe, verb (used with object), re·clothed or re·clad, re·cloth·ing.un·der·clothed, adjectivewell-clothed, adjective
Can be confusedcloth clothe clothes


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1. robe, garb, array, accouter, bedeck.


  1. variant of clado- before a vowel.
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  1. a past participle of clothe

Word Origin

Old English clāthode clothed, from clāthian to clothe


verb clads, cladding or clad
  1. (tr) to bond a metal to (another metal), esp to form a protective coating

Word Origin

C14 (in the obsolete sense: to clothe): special use of clad 1


verb clothes, clothing, clothed or clad (tr)
  1. to dress or attire (a person)
  2. to provide with clothing or covering
  3. to conceal or disguise
  4. to endow or invest

Word Origin

Old English clāthian, from clāth cloth; related to Old Norse klætha
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Word Origin and History for clad


"clothed," c.1300, mid-13c., from clad, alternative past tense and past participle of clothe. Old English had geclæþd, past participle of clæþan.



Old English claðian, from claþ (see cloth). Related: Clothed, clothing. Other Old English words for this were scrydan and gewædian.

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