[ klad ]
/ klæd /


a simple past tense and past participle of clothe.

adjective (usually used in combination)

dressed: ill-clad vagrants.
covered: vine-clad cottages.

Nearby words

  1. clackmannan,
  2. clackmannanshire,
  3. clacton,
  4. clacton-on-sea,
  5. clactonian,
  6. clad-,
  7. cladanthous,
  8. claddagh,
  9. claddagh ring,
  10. claddie

Origin of clad

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


[ klad ]
/ klæd /

verb (used with object), clad, clad·ding.

to bond a metal to (another metal), especially to provide with a protective coat.

Origin of clad

First recorded in 1935–40; special use of clad1


[ klohth ]
/ kloʊð /

verb (used with object), clothed or clad, cloth·ing.

to dress; attire.
to provide with clothing.
to cover with or as with clothing.

Origin of clothe

before 950; Middle English clothen, Old English clāthian, derivative of clāth cloth

Related forms
Can be confusedcloth clothe clothes


variant of clado- before a vowel. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for clad


/ (klæd) /


a past participle of clothe

Word Origin for clad

Old English clāthode clothed, from clāthian to clothe

verb clads, cladding or clad

(tr) to bond a metal to (another metal), esp to form a protective coating

Word Origin for clad

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


/ (kləʊð) /

verb clothes, clothing, clothed or clad (tr)

to dress or attire (a person)
to provide with clothing or covering
to conceal or disguise
to endow or invest

Word Origin for clothe

Old English clāthian, from clāth cloth; related to Old Norse klætha

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Word Origin and History for clad
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