- 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
Examples from the Web for plaid
Based on his sock puppet, I expected him to be a burly bearded giant clad in plaid—basically, a Canadian Paul Bunyan.Canada’s Subversive Sock Puppet: Ed the Sock Isn’t Afraid to Say Anything
November 13, 2014
There are young rock chicks and rock-boys and arty-looking men and women, in plaid, denim, ripped and stretched cardigans.The Cult of Blondie: Debbie Harry’s Very Special New York Picture Show
October 1, 2014
Wearing a plaid shirt, the stocky singer looked like a bricklayer playing an open mic at a bar.I'm Not Country or Pop. I'm Just Pure Garth Brooks.
September 10, 2014
In the back of a limo, wearing a plaid blazer, Quast raises his drink and says with a wink, “you stay classy, Iowa.”7 WTF Campaign Ads You Can’t Unsee, From Castrators to Alligator Wrestlers
May 19, 2014
Harry kept his plaid shirt on and danced in the comforts of his own skybox.Newly Single Harry Parties In Miami!
May 1, 2014
It was the plaid belonging to Stella Hardy, who had died in her teens.Tiverton Tales
She had on a plaid shawl of purple, green, and red checkers, crossed on her bosom.Southern Lights and Shadows
In gorgeous tweeds and a shepherd's plaid cap he looked the part.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
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He put it under his plaid, and prepared to give the signal whistle.
Out flashed the lantern from beneath his plaid and he held it up to the window.
- a long piece of cloth of a tartan pattern, worn over the shoulder as part of Highland costume
- a crisscross weave or cloth
- (as modifier)a plaid scarf
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.