Definitions

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

  • n. A braid, especially of hair.
  • n. A pleat.
  • transitive v. To braid.
  • transitive v. To pleat.
  • transitive v. To make by braiding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A flat fold; a doubling, as of cloth; a pleat.
  • n. A braid, as of hair or straw; a plat.
  • transitive v. To fold; to double in narrow folds; to pleat.
  • transitive v. To interweave the strands or locks of; to braid; to plat

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A flattened gather or fold; an over-lapping fold made by doubling cloth or some similar fabric in narrow strips upon itself.
  • n. A braid, as of hair, straw, etc.
  • n. Rope-yarn strands braided into sennit.
  • 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.

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

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

Etymologies

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.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French pleit, from Latin plecto, which is akin to Old Norse flétta (Danish flette) and to Russian сплетать. (Wiktionary)

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