AskDefine | Define plaid

Dictionary Definition

plaid n : a cloth having a crisscross design [syn: tartan]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Having a pattern or colors which resemble a Scotch plaid; checkered or marked with bars or stripes at right angles to one another; as, plaid muslin.


  1. A rectangular garment or piece of cloth, usually made of the checkered material called tartan, but sometimes of plain gray, or gray with black stripes. It is worn by both sexes in Scotland.
  2. Goods of any quality or material of the pattern of a plaid or tartan; a checkered cloth or pattern.


  1. Past tense of to play (archaic)
    • 1774, Dr Samuel Johnson, Preface to the Works of the English Poets, J. Nichols, Volume II, Page 134,
      "...then plaid on the organ, and sung..."

Extensive Definition

Plaid may refer to:
  • Plaid (pattern), a cross-hatched dyeing pattern often used for wool clothing and distinctly Gaelic
  • Plaid (band), a British electronic music duo, taking their name from the Welsh word for party
  • Plaid Cymru, the largest political party advocating independence for Wales
  • Plaid, an assembly held twice a year during the Carolingian era

See also

plaid in Russian: Плед

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