any fabric woven of differently colored yarns in a crossbarred pattern.
a pattern of this kind.
a long, rectangular piece of cloth, usually with such a pattern and worn across the left shoulder by Scottish Highlanders.
having the pattern of a plaid.
a long piece of cloth of a tartan pattern, worn over the shoulder as part of Highland costume
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.
- Plaid cymru
/ˌplaɪd ˈkʌmrɪ/ noun 1. the Welsh nationalist party
[plad-id] /ˈplæd ɪd/ adjective 1. made of , or having a similar pattern. 2. wearing a .
- Plaid screen
[XEROX PARC] A “special effect” that occurs when certain kinds of memory smashes overwrite the control blocks or image memory of a bit-mapped display. The term “salt and pepper” may refer to a different pattern of similar origin. Though the term as coined at PARC refers to the result of an error, some of the […]
[pleyn] /pleɪn/ adjective, plainer, plainest. 1. clear or distinct to the eye or ear: a plain trail to the river; to stand in plain view. 2. clear to the mind; evident, manifest, or obvious: to make one’s meaning plain. 3. conveying the meaning clearly and simply; easily understood: plain talk. 4. downright; sheer; utter; self-evident: […]