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[plak-it] /ˈplæk ɪt/
the opening or slit at the top of a skirt, or in a dress or blouse, that facilitates putting it on and taking it off.
a pocket, especially one in a woman's skirt.
  1. a petticoat.
  2. a woman.
Origin of placket
1595-1605; variant of placard breastplate < Old French, derivative of plaquier to plate < Middle Dutch placken to patch; cf. plaque Unabridged
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  • A placket is an opening in a garment allowing it to be put on.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • Gather from the placket to the middle of the front gore, if a skirt, apron, or dress.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • Yes, the long narrow strips are for the belt; some are for the placket facings.

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • Can you tell where to place the two strips for the bands, and for the placket facings?

    Clothing and Health Helen Kinne
  • The first exercise of the "placket Sampler" is done on one of these quarters.

    Handicraft for Girls Idabelle McGlauflin
  • By St. Winifred's placket, cried Gymnast, this case has been often tried.

  • The placket of a skirt should have an underlap extending well below the opening.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • In finishing the top of an underskirt, many like to dispense with the placket and fitted band.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • There should be a double line of stitching across the bottom of the hem to strengthen the placket.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • The placket may be finished before the two back gores are pinned to the front, if preferred.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
British Dictionary definitions for placket


noun (dressmaking)
a piece of cloth sewn in under a closure with buttons, hooks and eyes, zips, etc
the closure itself
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from Middle Dutch plackaet breastplate, from Medieval Latin placca metal plate
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