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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ But too much plaid gets on the nerves.
▪ Even John Major, who is a friend of Wigley's, turned up at a Plaid party a few years ago.
▪ He tried to wipe them away on the sleeve of the plaid shirt, but it was no good.
▪ Polo shirts in plaids, stripes and solids are worn with jeans or cotton twill pants.
▪ Tartan patterns and plaids are applications of this theme.
▪ The charcoal glen plaids are distinctive for their fine royal blue lines.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Plaid \Plaid\, n. [Gael. plaide a blanket or plaid, contr. fr. peallaid a sheepskin, fr. peall a skin or hide. CF. Pillion.]

  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.


Plaid \Plaid\, a. 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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1510s, from Scottish, from or related to Gaelic plaide "blanket, mantle," of unknown origin, perhaps a contraction of peallaid "sheepskin," from peall "skin," from Latin pellis (but OED finds this "phonetically improbable"). The wearing of it by males forbidden by act of parliament, under penalty of transportation, 1746-82. As an adjective c.1600, from the noun.


Etymology 1

  1. Having a pattern or colors which resemble a Scottish tartan; checkered or marked with bars or stripes at right angles to one another. n. 1 A type of twilled woollen cloth, often with a tartan or chequered pattern. (from 16thc.) 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. (from 16thc.) 3 The typical chequered pattern of a plaid; tartan. (from 19thc.) Etymology 2


  2. (context archaic English) (en-pastplay)


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

Plaid (band)

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 (Andy Turner) and Balil (Ed Handley), 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 (along with Trent Reznor's label Nothing Records).

Aside from their own material, Plaid have done extensive remix work for many other artists, including Red Snapper, Björk, Goldfrapp, and The Irresistible Force. Parts in the Post (2003) contains just a handful of Plaid's remix work to date.

Plaid collaborated with video artist Bob Jaroc for their live performances and on the 5.1 audio/visual project entitled Greedy Baby. The project was completed on 20 July 2005, and was first shown at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in the South Bank Centre, and subsequently at the BFI Imax cinema in Waterloo, London. Greedy Baby was released on DVD from Warp Records on 26 June 2006.

In 2006, Plaid composed and performed the original score to Michael Arias' anime film Tekkonkinkreet, and then went on to rejoin Arias for his second feature, Heaven's Door, as well as two of his subsequent short films.

In 2009, they contributed a cover of a Plone song to the Warp20 (Recreated) compilation.


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Plaid (album)

Plaid is the second studio album by guitarist Blues Saraceno, released on February 28, 1992 through Guitar Recordings.

Usage examples of "plaid".

Quickly, afraid to think too much, she wrapped the beastie in the plaid, then leaned out the window, carefully held it away from the house, and let it drop.

One man in green and yellow plaid trousers, mismatched with a red and blue striped windbreaker, set them all off again.

To all animals, even pollywogs, the family has a distinctive aroma, as distinctive as a clan plaid.

When she lay beneath him, her hair fanned across the plaid like a skein of black embroidery silk, he kissed her, parting her lips with his tongue to stroke her own, then nipping at her pouty lower lip.

Saul calls up rustic Sears catalogue scenes of fathers and sons in plaid flannel, lighting kerosene lanterns in front of pup tents and smiling at each other in mutual appreciation of their primogenital heritage.

Persia nets, anterines, silks for scarves and hoods, shalloons, druggets, and some Scotch plaids.

Doc Sherve, dressed in a plaid shirt and jeans that, together with his beard and the small knit cap covering the top of his head in a way that reminded Ian more of a yarmulke than anything else, somehow made him look more like an ancient lumberjack than a physician.

The third man had a slightly squarer head, shorter hair, a plaid Pendelton jacket, rags wrapped round his hands and feet.

A lone piper stands on Struie Hill, in a plaid skirt and red jacket, her hair tied in a bow.

In the official paperwork, Tallent was listed as a prominent mixed-blood freeholder, though every drop of blood in him, to my knowledge, was Scot, and he even knew what plaid his clan had worn into battle.

A good idea, he had to admit to himself, for if the plaid had been well set and unlittered by rushes, he should not have known it was her and most likely would have paid her little heed.

She wore a plaid flannel shirt, untucked, over a pair of faded blue jeans that was tearing at the seams by her generous hips.

Prickles wag fast asleep in the back, covered with a plaid blanket, and Adelaide was beginning to settle down to doze.

She was standing in the ruins of Castle Drumaird and there was someone with her, an old, old woman with a green plaid or arisaid wrapped over her white hair, her skull-like face peeping out.

Caroline stood in her jeans and sweater, a bright plaid blazer open to the raw wind, and snapped pictures from the edge of Strasse des 17 Juni, the broad boulevard running straight through the heart of the Tiergarten to the Brandenburg Gate.