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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 plaited
Historical Examples
  • Across the wide prairie the pony raced, guided by a noose of plaited rawhide.

    Star Forrestine C. Hooker
  • On his shaven head he wore a small skull-cap of plaited grass.

  • Basin shallow, wavy or plaited, leather-cracked; Eye small, closed.

    American Pomology J. A. Warder
  • She rose, folded her work and laid it in her plaited rush sewing-basket.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • They were often covered with rushes or plaited rush mats, on which incomers could remove the mud from their boots.

  • He was booted and spurred, and carried a short, heavy whip of plaited greenhide.

    Tom Gerrard Louis Becke
  • Eye, closed, with long broad segments, set in a deep and plaited basin.

    British Pomology Robert Hogg
  • The threads may be looped, plaited, or twisted in one of three ways.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • From the roof, suspended by a length of plaited bark, dangled the skull of a human being.

  • Like a woman, he plaited his hair and drew it down behind his ears.

British Dictionary definitions for plaited


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 plaited



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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