plaid

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Scots plaid, of uncertain origin; perhaps from a past participle form of ply. Scottish Gaelic plaide (blanket) is probably a borrowing from Scots.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

plaid (plural plaids)

  1. A type of twilled woollen cloth, often with a tartan or chequered pattern. [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. [from 16th c.]
    • 2009, John Sadler, Glencoe, Amberley 2009, p. 47:
      In battle, the plaid was customarily shrugged off before the charge bit home, and the warrior came into contact with only his long, saffron shirt (‘leine chrochach’) to preserve modesty.
  3. The typical chequered pattern of a plaid; tartan. [from 19th c.]
Translations[edit]

Adjective[edit]

plaid (comparative more plaid, superlative most plaid)

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

Etymology 2[edit]

Alternative forms.

Verb[edit]

plaid

  1. (archaic) simple past tense and past participle of play
    • 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..."

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

English

Noun[edit]

plaid m (invariable)

  1. tartan rug (especially one used when travelling)

Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French plait, plet.

Noun[edit]

plaid

  1. Alternative spelling of plait.

Old French[edit]

Noun[edit]

plaid m (oblique plural plaiz or plaitz, nominative singular plaiz or plaitz, nominative plural plaid)

  1. Alternative form of plait.

Romansch[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (Rumantsch Grischun, Sutsilvan, Surmiran, Puter, Vallader) pled

Noun[edit]

plaid m (plural plaids)

  1. (Sursilvan) word

Related terms[edit]


Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Origin uncertain; perhaps from a past participle form of ply.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

plaid (plural plaids)

  1. plaid

Welsh[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

plaid f (plural pleidiau)

  1. (politics) (political) party

Mutation[edit]

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
plaid blaid mhlaid phlaid