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

  • n. A fold in cloth made by doubling the material upon itself and then pressing or stitching it into place.
  • transitive v. To press or arrange in pleats: pleat a skirt; pleat curtains.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fold in the fabric of a garment, as a part of the design of the garment, with the purpose of adding controlled fullness or taking up excess fabric. There are many types of pleats, differing in their construction and appearance.
  • v. To form one or more pleats in a piece of fabric or a garment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See plait.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See plait.

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

  • n. any of various types of fold formed by doubling fabric back upon itself and then pressing or stitching into shape
  • v. fold into pleats,
  • v. pleat or gather into a ruffle


Middle English plet, variant of plait, pleat, fold; see plait.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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