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  1. a plot of ground.
  2. a plan or map, as of land.
verb (used with object), plat·ted, plat·ting.
  1. to make a plat of; plot.

Origin of plat1

1400–50; late Middle English; variant of plot, reinforced by Middle English plat flat of a sword < Old French: something flat (see plate1)


  1. a plait or braid.
verb (used with object), plat·ted, plat·ting.
  1. to plait; braid.

Origin of plat2

1350–1400; Middle English; variant of plait
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Examples from the Web for platting

Historical Examples

  • He then brought him into his cave, and gave him some platting to do.

    The Lives of the Saints, Volume III (of 16): March

    Sabine Baring-Gould

  • And they clothed him with purple: and, platting a crown of thorns, they put it upon him.

  • How soon will you be platting your Sunflower Ranch into town lots for the new town that I hear is to be started down your way?

    Winning the Wilderness

    Margaret Hill McCarter

  • Long before any incorporation or any platting of town sites there was much activity in this locality.

  • Platting, plat′ing, n. the process of making interwoven work: such work itself.

British Dictionary definitions for platting


  1. a small area of ground; plot

Word Origin

C16 (also occurring in Middle English in place names): originally variant of plot ²


noun, verb plats, platting or platted dialect
  1. a variant spelling of plait

Word Origin

C16: variant of plait
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Word Origin and History for platting



"piece of ground," 1510s, from plot (q.v.), assimilated to Middle English adjective plat "flat," which is from Old French plat "flat, stretched out" (see plateau (n.)). See OED for full explanation.



"to interweave," late 14c., variant of plait (v.). Related: Platted; platting.

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