American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A slit in a dress, blouse, or skirt.
- n. A pocket, especially in a woman's skirt.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pocket, especially a pocket in a woman's dress.
- n. The opening or slit in a petticoat or skirt; a fent.
- n. A petticoat; hence, figuratively, a woman.
- n. Same as placcate.
- n. a slit or other opening in an item of clothing, to allow access to pockets or fastenings
- n. obsolete A petticoat, especially an under petticoat.
- n. obsolete, slang, by extension A woman.
- n. obsolete A woman's pocket.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A petticoat, esp. an under petticoat; hence, a cant term for a woman.
- n. The opening or slit left in a petticoat or skirt for convenience in putting it on; -- called also
- n. A woman's pocket.
- n. a piece of cloth sewn under an opening
- French plaquer to lay or clap on. See placard. (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In a third kind of placket, the opening is faced with a continuous piece of tape on both sides and finished with a piece of material on the outside.”
“The women's version would have a slightly longer, more flattering sleeve and a lengthier buttoned placket.”
“The MacLanes were using four buttons rather than two three on the longer placket, plus an extra, raising the cost per shirt.”
“A woman's blouse looks different from a man's shirt if it is buttoned in the back or the buttons were hidden by a placket or the buttons were shaped like pearls or some other novelty.”
“One of the patterns I bought not too long ago had a choice between a faux wrap front (side zip) or a button front but it also included details for a ruffled blouse (placket) and another for a pin-tucked version.”
“The buttonhole band is done, and attached to the bottom of the placket-space.”
“Although not right away, because the placket and collar come next.”
“The front is supposed to get rid of those 48 stitches (in the placket and the front-neck shaping) and have only the shoulders left at the end.”
“I had to rip out my first attempt at a neck placket because I had plunged in with no thought at all.”
“And that Sensor Girl costume was too dated — those 1980s shoulder pads and that button-up placket over her chest and that God-awful belt.”
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