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[pleyt, plat] /pleɪt, plæt/
a braid, especially of hair or straw.
a pleat or fold, as of cloth.
verb (used with object)
to braid, as hair or straw.
to make, as a mat, by braiding.
to pleat.
Origin of plait
1350-1400; Middle English pleyt < Middle French pleit < Latin plicitum, neuter of plicitus, past participle of plicāre to fold; see ply2
Related forms
interplait, verb (used with object) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for plait
Historical Examples
  • It wouldn't be very hard; I could plait you one myself if I only had some hemp.'

  • Then we can plait our ribbons at our leisure on Monday, in time for the festival on Tuesday.

  • They had found some long grass, which they set to work to plait.

  • "I shall," said Betty, and gave her morsel of a plait a convincing pull.

    An Australian Lassie Lilian Turner
  • He'll be here before one could plait a girl's hair who's had her hair cropped!

    The Power of Darkness Leo Tolstoy
  • See here, I will pin a plait over in front, and that will help it.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston Amanda Millie Douglas
  • It was for all the world as if she had bought a plait and stuck it on.

    Pixie O'Shaughnessy Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  • In the old days she used to do it in one plait wound around with wampum.

    Indian Child Life Charles A. Eastman
  • They are often at the head of a plait, and it would be worth while to look into their history.

    The Heritage of Dress Wilfred Mark Webb
  • Youre supposed to have all the same coloured hair in one plait.

    Egholm and his God Johannes Buchholtz
British Dictionary definitions for plait


a length of hair, ribbon, etc, that has been plaited
(in Britain) a loaf of bread of several twisting or intertwining parts
a rare spelling of pleat
(transitive) to intertwine (strands or strips) in a pattern
Word Origin
C15 pleyt, from Old French pleit, from Latin plicāre to fold; see ply²
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Word Origin and History for plait

late 14c., "to fold, gather in pleats," also "to braid or weave," from Old French pleir "to fold," variant of ploier, ployer "to fold, bend," from Latin plicare "to fold" (see ply (v.1)). Related: Plaited; plaiting.


c.1400, "a fold, a crease," from Anglo-French pleit, Old French ploit, earlier pleit, "fold, manner of folding," from Latin plicatus, past participle of plicare "to lay, fold, twist" (see ply (v.1)). Meaning "interlaced strands of hair, ribbon, etc." is from 1520s, perhaps from plait (v.).

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