Definition of plaid in English:



mass noun
  • 1Chequered or tartan twilled cloth, typically made of wool.

    ‘a plaid shawl’
    • ‘She stared down at the thick woolen cloth covering her but was still unable to discern the origin of the plaid.’
    • ‘Highlights of its mix-and-match range include knitwear in cable, Fair Isle and jersey, leather pieces in oak and black, and fabrics such as wool plaid, bouclé and herringbone.’
    • ‘At least he tells us he does in various campaign ads and in carefully-staged photo-ops that picture him in khaki and plaid walking around our parks.’
    • ‘She didn't like bright colors, anything with a pattern other than glen plaid, or too many embellishments.’
    • ‘Highlanders originally wore a stretch of plaid, often vegetable dyed, that was draped and pleated to form a skirt with pockets.’
    • ‘Look for classics updated in fabrics such as corduroy, wool woven in gabardine, herringbone and glen plaid.’
    • ‘In fact, because the plaid picks up colors from each of the fabrics, it's the element that draws the others together.’
    • ‘She seemed to have the most fun with tweed, gaily mixing textures such as a houndstooth alongside a Prince of Wales plaid.’
    • ‘While camping in the cold outdoors, the plaid could double as a sleeping bag.’
    • ‘In a way that offends me because a lot of these people wore plaid when it was cool to wear plaid, played math rock when it was cool to play math rock, and now they're pretending to be Robin Black when it's cool to be Robin Black.’
    • ‘Men's classic suiting is coming out in patterns such as houndstooth, herringbone, glen plaid, tartan, pinstripes and Donegal tweed.’
    • ‘The guitarists are balding, the others are in plaid.’
    • ‘The couch was dark green suede and definitely cozier than the plaid throw covering the couch that would be acting as a bed in his new place.’
    • ‘‘I can't picture you in plaid,’ she said, whipping a tear from her eye.’
    • ‘It was a time when the popular press rallied around any Seattle band wearing plaid and a guitar.’
    • ‘It is covered in original, masculine fabrics such as pinstripe, plaid and herringbone, all in various shades of grey.’
    • ‘The familiar wool plaid jackets kept these men warm in early morning before the rays of the sun penetrated the canopy to reach the forest floor.’
    • ‘Dressed in denim, plaid, and a rigid white cowboy hat, he looks far more like a farmer than his father.’
    • ‘The boys, draped in baggy denim and plaid, stand beneath them and stare.’
    • ‘Hers are a Highlander's dreams: obviously, the tartan plaid and tam-o'-shanter evince Newberry's Scottish affinity.’
    1. 1.1count noun A long piece of tartan worn over the shoulder as part of Scottish Highland dress.
      • ‘Her version of the plaid, a tartan also in silk, is hung over the shoulder and pinned in place with a brooch.’
      • ‘Not only the plaid, but even the kilt and over-the-shoulder drape are of military origin.’
      • ‘Hard to miss, especially as they turned out in full dress uniform with plaids and feather bonnets on what turned out to be a warm day.’
      • ‘His genre paintings, after he came to London, are not strongly Scottish in their detail (as a Lowlander he was unhappy that the kilt and plaid were being treated as national costume).’
      • ‘The plaid is a length of tartan cloth draped over the shoulder and does not properly refer to the pattern, which is the tartan.’


Early 16th century: from Scottish Gaelic plaide ‘blanket’, of unknown ultimate origin.