One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small black-and-white check pattern.
- ‘A superior young British bachelor, he was once captain of the Eton cricket eleven, followed the armies of Haile Selassie in Ethiopia, and won the awed admiration of Italian aviators in Salamanca by dressing for the war in a shepherd's plaid shooting jacket and ponderous suede shoes.’
- ‘Betcha you didn't know that shepherd's check (also known as shepherd's plaid) is a pattern of small even black-and-white checks?’
- ‘He has prepared for this by having a shepherd's plaid cap in his pocket.’
- ‘The graphs for the pirie and shepherd's plaid stockings only take you through the calf shaping.’
- ‘The shepherd's plaid in all sizes and varieties will be as much in evidence this Spring and Summer as it was last, not less so among the fashionables and more so among the crowd of smartly gowned people whose names never figure in the society lists.’
- ‘He used about this time to affect a large unrolled umbrella and a shepherd's plaid scarf, but I dare say he left the brolly at home when he went to fetch the armchair.’
- ‘He always wore a dark grey cutaway coat, shepherd's plaid trousers, and a cap with a large peak, and out of doors carried a plaid over his shoulder.’
- ‘Even Chanel, being a follower of classic elegance, offers a combination of a long shepherd's check skirt with a slinky short-cut shepherd's plaid jacket of same color spectrum.’
- 1.1mass noun Woollen cloth with a pattern of small black and white checks.
- ‘Finally, he wore a suit of small patterned shepherd's plaid and a straw hat.’
- ‘It shows a man in a kilt and shepherd's plaid, presumably dead from exposure and found by his wife.’
- ‘Some better known worsteds are basket cloth, Bedford cord, challis, cheviot, coatings, cravenette, crêpe, etamine, flannel, gabardine, grenadine, nun's veiling, Panama, pinstripes, plaid, poplin, serge, shepherd's plaid, skirtings, suiting, tricotine, Poiret twille, piquetine, voile, and whipcord.’
- ‘They were all seated in the Gaelic fashion, on the hillside, in a circle facing the officiating elder; the women all neatly dressed in net cape, and wearing scarlet or plaid shawls; the men wearing their blue bonnets, and having their shepherd's plaids wrapped round them.’
- ‘In John Steell's statue, Scott sits wrapped in his shepherd's plaid, a book on his knee, his faithful deerhound Maida casting up an enquiring glance at her master more than twice life size.’
- ‘The bottom of the mine was thus a rough uneven checker of squares like a piece of shepherd's plaid, criss-crossed by innumerable ropes which formed a spider's web above the diggers.’
- ‘A cotton factory was built in 1788; and an extensive cotton trade, in connection with firms in Glasgow and Carlisle, was carried on till 1832, when the manufacture of shepherd's plaids and shepherd check trouserings was introduced, and led to the production of very beautiful and highly finished fabrics.’
- ‘Members wore shepherd's plaids, usually a black and white wool check pattern secured by a brooch and carried crooks.’
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