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Plaid appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • My girl wove six dozen plaid jackets before she quit. (43 letters)
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Definition of the noun plaid

What does plaid mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: plaids

  1. a cloth having a crisscross design
    • examples: Made has not the sound of bade, Say-said, pay-paid, laid but plaid. | Tom was wearing an ugly plaid jacket and a polka-dot tie.
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of plaid: tartan
    • more generic words: cloth / fabric / material / textile = artifact made by weaving or felting or knitting or crocheting natural or synthetic fibers

Alternative definition of the noun plaid


  1. A type of twilled woollen cloth, often with a tartan or chequered pattern. [definition from 16th c.]
  2. 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. [definition from 16th c.]
  3. The typical chequered pattern of a plaid; tartan. [definition from 19th c.]

Definition of the adjective plaid

What does plaid mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: -

  1. Having a pattern or colors which resemble a Scottish tartan; checkered or marked with bars or stripes at right angles to one another.

Definition of the verb plaid

What does plaid mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: plaided | plaiding | plaids

  1. [archaic] [past of play]


Who is Plaid?

Plaid is a British electronic music duo from London, composed of Andy Turner and Ed Handley. They were founding members of The Black Dog and used many other names, such as Atypic and Balil, before settling on Plaid. They have collaborated with female singers Mara Carlyle, Nicolette and Björk, and have released records on the labels Clear, Peacefrog, Black Dog Productions, and Warp Records.


  1. "Plaid" is the second studio album by guitarist Blues Saraceno, released on February 28, 1992 through Guitar Recordings.
  2. "Plaid" is a composition.
  3. "Plaid" is a musical single of Nova Nova.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  4. "Plaid" is a musical album of Popple.
  5. "Plaid" is a musical album of Mackeel.


  1. Plaid a.k.a. Tartan is a pattern consisting of criss-crossed horizontal and vertical bands in multiple colours. Tartans originated in woven wool, but now they are made in many other materials. Tartan is particularly associated with Scotland. Scottish kilts almost always have tartan patterns. Tartan is often called plaid in North America, but in Scotland, a plaid is a tartan cloth slung over the shoulder as a kilt accessory, or a plain ordinary blanket such as one would have on a bed.
  2. Plaid is the U.S. & Canadian English word for Tartan, a pattern consisting of crossed horizontal and vertical bands in two or more colours in woven cloth.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Plaid

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Google previewBallou's Monthly Magazine (1874)

We picture to ourselves Kilts, plaids and tartans; not quite knowing whether a kilt is a tartan, nor whether a plaid is a pattern or a garment. The truth is. there has been very little popular treatment of this subject. Books, such as Logan's and ...

Google previewThe Columbia Guide to Standard American English (2005)

by Kenneth Wilson

plaid (adj., n.), tartan (n.) For purists the plaid is the right-angle-striped Scottish blanket worn over the shoulder and draped around the torso, the tartan a particular ...

Google previewFireside Philosophy, or familiar talks about common things (1861)

Plaid is a term often applied to the color of stuffs, whereas the term means a peculiar ancient dress worn in the Highlands of Scotland. It is always made of a...

Google previewDictionary of Phrase and Fable (1898)

Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words that Have a Tale to Tell by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

A plaid is a long shawl or scarf — some twelve yards of narrow cloth wrapped round the waist, or over the chest and one shoulder, and reaching to the Knees. It may be chequered or not; but the English use of the word in such a compound as ...

Google previewVocabulary Power Plus for the New SAt (2004)

by Daniel A. Reed

The design of various colored stripes crossing at right angles is rightfully a tartan, many a plaid is a tartan design. (8) The autumn is a great time of the year to purchase a favorite tartan and sew a lovely long skirt for informal entertaining at ...

Google previewThe Sewtionary (2014)

An a to Z Guide to 101 Sewing Techniques and Definitions by Tasia St. Germaine

Plaid is a type of fabric with stripes running both lengthwise and horizontally, intersecting and overlapping. Plaids are usually yarn dyed, meaning the yarn is dyed and then woven together, but sometimes the plaid is actually a print on the ...

Google previewThe Knitter's Guide to Yarn Cocktails (2007)

30 Technique-Expanding Recipes for Tasty Little Projects by Anastasia Blaes, Kelly Wilson

Crocheted plaid is a surface embellishment created here by single crocheting stripes up a vertical column of ch-2 spaces. After you have crocheted the main piece, simply take your yarn and hook, and slip stitch into the bottom ch-2 space to ...

Google previewTechnical Sourcebook for Designers (2014)

by Jaeil Lee, Camille Steen

Matching even plaids Plaid is a woven fabric ...

Google previewIain's Plaid (2017)

by Skye Taylor

Iain's Plaid is that good!” —N.L. Quatrano, Author of STILL SHOT “A timely read, ' The Candidate' is the kind of political drama we politics junkies can enjoy without worrying ourselves sick about the outcome of the race. Skye Taylor has done a ...

Google previewDraw and Color the Baylee Jae Way (2017)

Characters, Clothing and Settings Step by Step by Baylee Jae

Plaid is a fairly simple paern to draw, but you. 81.

Google previewThe Psychology of Reading (2013)

by Keith Rayner, Alexander Pollatsek

Plaid is an exception word and played is a regular word (see Chapter 3). The phonemic similarity effect studies are consistent with the idea that inner speech plays an important role in reading. In most of the studies, the data are consistent ...

Google previewUndiagnosed and Rare Diseases in Children, An Issue of Pediatric Clinics of North America, (2016)

by Robert M. Kliegman, Brett J. Bordini

PLAID is a recently described entity that may represent a distinct type of autoinflammatory syndrome with an associated immunodeficiency.56 PLAID is an autosomaldominant condition caused by a mutation in PLCG2, leading to the ...

Google previewSay what You Mean! (2005)

A Troubleshooter's Guide to English Style and Usage by Robert Lawrence Trask

But a plaid is a length of tartan fabric worn over one shoulder as part of the traditional Highland costume: look at any Scottish piper. In everyday English, plaid has come to be applied to a tartan fabric. This new use cannot now be regarded as ...

Google previewA manual of modern geography, containing a short ... account of all the known world. Fourth edition ... Whereunto is added, a table of the latitudes and longitudes of some of the principal cities and towns in the world ... By Emanuel Bowen, etc (1760)

by J. GREGORY (Geographer, of Findern.), Emanuel Bowen

A Plaid is a Piece of Silk or Cloth 7 or 8 Yards long, which they wrap ...

Google previewThe Western Literary Messenger (1850)

The plaid is a garment (It is pronounced plade, not plad.) It is usually made of tartan cloth; and, from the fact that most plaids were tartan, the Lowlanders and Sassenaches (Saxons or foreigners) got to calling the ...

Google previewBarbara Brackman's Encyclopedia Of Applique (2010)

2000 Traditional and Modern Designs, Updated History of Applique, New! 5 Quilt Projects by Barbara Brackman

appliquéd blocks Pieced inner border Appliquéd outer border FABRIC REQUIREMENTS Medium yellow plaid for block backgrounds and borders: 21/2 yards Light yellow plaid for outer borders: 2% yards Bright yellow print for applique' ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

PLAID–PLAIN FIELD. Amer. P. (Paralichthys dentatus), called also SUMMER FLOUNDER, TURBOT FLOUNDER, is of a genus represented on the coasts of the Pacific and Indian oceans, but not of Europe. As usual with many fish, it has a ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of National Dress: Traditional Clothing Around the World (2013)

by Jill Condra

Until the 13th century, it was most likely a plain, homespun wool and not necessarily plaid. Eventually, the breacan-feile became more decorative and incorporated multicolored plaid into the woven mantle. It would be many centuries still ...

Google previewThe Cambridge Historical Encyclopedia of Great Britain and Ireland (1990)

by Christopher Haigh

Plaid Cymru ("Party of Wales") Founded 1925 by merger of 2 small nationalist groups, initially little more than small Welsh-language pressure group. Plaid Cymru committed to Welsh self-government on a dominion basis 1932. Rose to ...

Google previewThe Reporter's Dictionary (1864)

Based on Phonography by Alexis E. Marshall

bn Have been, 'on Having been, 'lm 'Io- night, plaíw, 'nl To-day, plaid», d With all, сии «1) For there is, fel/trs For others, fol /tr, There are, dhr, r There are not, dhr, гид Does this, dz, dits In (the) beginning, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of British and Irish Political Organizations (2000)

Parties, Groups and Movements of the 20th Century by Peter Barberis, John McHugh, Mike Tyldesley

PLAID CYMRU • 1 577 government, the Nationalist Party insisted that Welsh should be the only language of Wales. In an attempt to avoid the failures of previous nationalist movements it pledged not to send any successful candidate to ...

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Never wear plaid. (Dylan McDermott)
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Scrabble value of P3L1A1I1D2

The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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