- An example of plaid is Scottish tartan.
- An example of plaid is the common pattern on the British fashion line Burberry.
- a long piece of twilled woolen cloth with a crossbarred pattern, worn over the shoulder by Scottish Highlanders
- a fabric with stripes or bars of various colors and widths that cross at right angles
- any pattern of this kind
Origin of plaidGaelic plaide, blanket, plaid, contr. from uncertain or unknown; perhaps peallaid, sheepskin
- a. Cloth, often made of wool, with a tartan or checked pattern.b. A pattern of this kind.
- A rectangular woolen scarf of a tartan pattern worn over the left shoulder by Scottish Highlanders.
Origin of plaidProbably Scots plaid, plyd past participle of ply to fold from Middle English plien ; see ply 1.
- plaid plaid′ed
clockwise from top left: Malcolm, Gordon Dress, and Stewart Dress plaid patterns
- A type of twilled woollen cloth, often with a tartan or chequered pattern. [from 16th c.]
- A length of such material used as a piece of clothing, formerly worn in the Scottish Highlands and other parts of northern Britain and remaining as an item of ceremonial dress worn by members of Scottish pipe bands. [from 16th c.]
- The typical chequered pattern of a plaid; tartan. [from 19th c.]
(comparative more plaid, superlative most plaid)
- Having a pattern or colors which resemble a Scottish tartan; checkered or marked with bars or stripes at right angles to one another.
- (archaic) Simple past tense and past participle of play.