Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An opening or slit in a garment, as at the collar or sleeve of a shirt, that makes the garment easy to put on.
  • noun A pocket, especially in a woman's skirt.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A pocket, especially a pocket in a woman's dress.
  • noun The opening or slit in a petticoat or skirt; a fent.
  • noun A petticoat; hence, figuratively, a woman.
  • noun Same as placcate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A petticoat, esp. an under petticoat; hence, a cant term for a woman.
  • noun The opening or slit left in a petticoat or skirt for convenience in putting it on; -- called also placket hole.
  • noun A woman's pocket.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a slit or other opening in an item of clothing, to allow access to pockets or fastenings
  • noun obsolete A petticoat, especially an under petticoat.
  • noun obsolete, slang, by extension A woman.
  • noun obsolete A woman's pocket.

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

  • noun a piece of cloth sewn under an opening

Etymologies

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

[Origin unknown.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

French plaquer to lay or clap on. See placard.

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