Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rectangular woolen scarf of a tartan pattern worn over the left shoulder by Scottish Highlanders.
  • n. Cloth with a tartan or checked pattern.
  • n. A pattern of this kind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a pattern or colors which resemble a Scottish tartan; checkered or marked with bars or stripes at right angles to one another.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of play.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a pattern or colors which resemble a Scotch plaid; checkered or marked with bars or stripes at right angles to one another.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Goods of any quality or material of the pattern of a plaid or tartan; a checkered cloth or pattern.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A garment of woolen cloth, often having a tartan pattern. See tartan.
  • n. In general, any fabric having a pattern consisting of colored bars or stripes crossing each other in imitation of the Scottish tartan.
  • n. A pattern of bars crossing each other at right angles on anything.
  • 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.
  • Checkered.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cloth having a crisscross design

Etymologies

Scottish Gaelic plaide.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Scots plaid, of uncertain origin; perhaps from a past participle form of ply. Scottish Gaelic plaideĀ ("blanket") is probably a borrowing from Scots. (Wiktionary)
Alternative forms. (Wiktionary)

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