• Plait


    • IPA: /pleɪt/, /plæt/
    • Homophones: plate, plat
    • Rhymes: -æt


    From Old French pleit, from Latin plecto, which is akin to Old Norse flétta (Danish flette) and to Russian сплетать.

    Full definition of plait



    (plural plaits)
    1. A flat fold; a doubling, as of cloth; a pleat.a box plait
      • Addisonthe plaits and foldings of the drapery
    2. A braid, as of hair or straw; a plat.

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    1. (transitive) To fold; to double in narrow folds; to pleat; as, to plait a ruffle.
    2. (transitive) To interweave the strands or locks of; to braid; to plat; as, to plait hair; to plait rope.
      • 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars, Chapter I,Her abundant hair, of a dark and glossy brown, was neatly plaited and coiled above an ivory column that rose straight from a pair of gently sloping shoulders, clearly outlined beneath the light muslin frock that covered them.


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