Definitions

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

  • noun A braid, especially of hair.
  • noun A pleat.
  • transitive verb To braid.
  • transitive verb To pleat.
  • transitive verb To make by braiding.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To fold; double in narrow strips: as, to plait a gown or a sleeve. See plaiting and box-plaiting.
  • To braid; interweave the locks or strands of: as, to plait the hair.
  • To mat; felt.
  • To twist; twine.
  • noun A flattened gather or fold; an over-lapping fold made by doubling cloth or some similar fabric in narrow strips upon itself.
  • noun A braid, as of hair, straw, etc.
  • noun Rope-yarn strands braided into sennit.

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

  • transitive verb To fold; to double in narrow folds; to pleat.
  • transitive verb To interweave the strands or locks of; to braid; to plat
  • noun A flat fold; a doubling, as of cloth; a pleat.
  • noun A braid, as of hair or straw; a plat.
  • noun (Med.) Same as Plica.

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

  • noun A flat fold; a doubling, as of cloth; a pleat; as, a box plait.
  • noun A braid, as of hair or straw; a plat.
  • verb transitive To fold; to double in narrow folds; to pleat; as, to plait a ruffle.
  • verb transitive To interweave the strands or locks of; to braid; to plat; as, to plait hair; to plait rope.

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

  • verb make by braiding or interlacing
  • verb weave into plaits
  • noun a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
  • noun any of various types of fold formed by doubling fabric back upon itself and then pressing or stitching into shape

Etymologies

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

[Middle English pleit, fold, braid, possibly from pleiten, to fold, braid, alteration (influenced by Old French pleit, fold) of Old French plier, pleiir, from Latin plicāre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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