• WordNet 3.6
    • n plaid a cloth having a crisscross design
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The kilt was invented by a English gentleman who came to Scotland to open a factory because he got tired of his Scottish workers showing up in a long tunic with a belt (they couldn't afford pants). Rather than raise wages so they could afford pants he invented the kilt which is just a lot of fabric and they could afford that. The kilt did not become a symbol of clan pride until the English banned the kilt in Scotland. Then it became part of national pride to wear the newly invented clan plaids.
    • Plaid 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.
    • Plaid Goods of any quality or material of the pattern of a plaid or tartan; a checkered cloth or pattern.
    • a Plaid 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n plaid A garment of woolen cloth, often having a tartan pattern. See tartan. It is a large rectangular piece of woolen stuff, and is worn in Scotland by both sexes for warmth and for protection against the weather. It is a special dress of the Highlanders, and forms part of the uniform of certain infantry regiments in the British army. A variety of the plaid is called maud.
    • n plaid In general, any fabric having a pattern consisting of colored bars or stripes crossing each other in imitation of the Scottish tartan.
    • n plaid A pattern of bars crossing each other at right angles on anything.
    • plaid Ornamented with a pattern of bars or stripes of color crossing one another at right angles: said especially of textile fabrics: as, a plaid silk ribbon; a plaid waistcoat.
    • plaid Checkered.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Plaid plad or plād a loose outer garment of woollen cloth, often of a tartan, or coloured striped pattern, a special dress of the Highlanders of Scotland
    • adj Plaid like a plaid in pattern or colours
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gael. plaide, a blanket or plaid, contr. fr. peallaid, a sheepskin, fr. peall, a skin or hide. CF. Pillion


In literature:

When the colored boy stepped into the stall he saw a tough-looking young man in a plaid suit offering Nemo an apple.
"Frank Merriwell's Races" by Burt L. Standish
She snipped her threads and drew the plaid skirt from under the needle.
"Mary Rose of Mifflin" by Frances R. Sterrett
Your bed shall be made on the fresh green bracken and my plaid shall wrap you round.
"Stories from the Ballads" by Mary MacGregor
Just at this time, I had a plaid silk too.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
He put it under his plaid, and prepared to give the signal whistle.
"Gilian The Dreamer" by Neil Munro
A man all broad plaid and red tie.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
Let Highland lads, wi' belted plaids, vol.
"The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Volume VI" by Various
So saying, she stopped the combat very effectually by flinging her plaid over the weapons of the adversaries.
"Red Cap Tales" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
Cast your plaids, draw your blades, Forward each man set!
"The Ontario High School Reader" by A.E. Marty
Sit under this rock, dearest, and cover yourself with my plaid.
"Julian Home" by Dean Frederic W. Farrar

In poetry:

The westlin wind blaws loud and shill;
The night's baith mirk an' rainy, O;
But I'll get my plaid, an' out I'll steal,
An' owre the hills to Nannie, O.
"My Nannie, O" by Robert Burns
No vassals wait their sports to aid,
To watch their safety deck their board;
Their simple dress, the Highland plaid,
Their trusty guard, the Highland sword.
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott
And proud she was of heart, when, clad
In crimson stockings, tartan plaid,
And bonnet with a feather gay,
To Kirk he on the Sabbath day
Went hand in hand with her.
"Memorials Of A Tour In Scotland, 1803" by William Wordsworth
But I am old; and good and bad
Are woven in a crazy plaid.
I sit and say, "The world is so;
And he is wise who lets it go.
A battle lost, a battle won-
The difference is small, my son."
"The Veteran" by Dorothy Parker
Glenara came first, with the mourners and shroud;
Her kinsmen they followed, but mourned not aloud;
Their plaids all their bosoms were folded around;
They marched all in silence, — they looked on the ground.
"Glenara" by Thomas Campbell
Professor Blackie will be greatly missed in Edinboro;
Especially those that met him daily will feel great sorrow,
When they think of his never-failing plaid and hazel rung,
For, although he was an old man, he considered he was young.
"Lines in Praise of Professor Blackie" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Chris Humphreys can be found drinking at Hipster bars wearing plaid western shirts but will deny it if you accuse him of being a Hipster .
4 plaid pieces to instantly update your fall closet.
Eric Sackett, Derek Davis, Jacob Swain and Spencer Carter are the performing group in "Forever Plaid" at the Pickleville Playhouse.
This madcap revue centers on a quartet of high-school chums (The Plaids ) who see their earnest dreams of recording an album end tragically right before their first big gig.
Gresham Plaid Pantry robbed at gunpoint.
Recently I read a young lady's post on Facebook basically putting an end to plaid and anyone seen wearing it.
Purdue University now has an official tartan plaid .
Great Plaid Styles Under $100.
Bay Street Players present ' Plaid Tidings'.
Michael Kanago (from left), Ethan Earls, Jacob Baltunis and Scott Kerill star in " Plaid Tidings".
Plaid aficionados to gather at state Capitol Friday for second annual Plaidurday celebration.
Plaid 's body-moving, soul-stirring beats.
"Ha, yes, I'm right as rain, but that doesn't stop everybody connected with or interested in the show from being somewhat solicitous about my health (and, to a lesser extent, that of the other Plaids )," he said.
Items tagged with Forever Plaid .
Forever Plaid Tonight in Fairfield.

In science:

We now provide a short overview of the proof of (1.2) and give an idea of the role plaid by the parameters L, L0 and u.
On the size of a finite vacant cluster of random interlacements with small intensity
For these magnetic moments, an important role is plaid by the parameter of exchange interaction Jij that can oscillate in the direct space, as for RKK Y interaction mechanism41,42 .
Ferromagnetism in Co-doped ZnO films grown by molecular beam epitaxy: magnetic, electrical and microstructural studies
In The Trouble with Physics, Lee Smolin’s pen sometimes appears indeed to have plaid tricks on him.
On Lee Smolin's The Trouble with Physics
Colloquially, we call a construction plaid if it consists of a Cartesian product of sparse subsets of Z, and we call it native if it is built in a genuinely d-dimensional manner.
Multivariable averaging on sparse sets
Additionally, we prove a plaid version on Zd (Corollary 3.5) and a version on general groups (Theorem 5.5).
Multivariable averaging on sparse sets