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[pleet] /plit/
a fold of definite, even width made by doubling cloth or the like upon itself and pressing or stitching it in place.
verb (used with object)
to fold or arrange in pleats.
Also, plait.
Origin of pleat
1325-75; Middle English; variant of plait
Related forms
pleater, noun
pleatless, adjective
unpleated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for pleating
Historical Examples
  • She glanced at him sharply, then fell to pleating the gelding's mane.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • "It's a kind of pleating," explained Dorothy, putting down the dog.

    The Road to Oz L. Frank Baum
  • For flannel, pleating or gathers may be used to put fullness into a band.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • Three rows or more of pleating may be used on this ornament.

    Make Your Own Hats

    Gene Allen Martin
  • To do this, the inside of the pleating will lap more than the outside.

    Make Your Own Hats

    Gene Allen Martin
  • A single recital makes a hat, more makes no more cloth than pleating.

    Geography and Plays Gertrude Stein
  • Special machines for perforating designs or for pleating materials are often needed in teaching the garment trades.

    The Making of a Trade School Mary Schenck Woolman
  • "I believe they're upstairs, ma'am," said the fat caretaker, pleating her respectable white apron.

  • "I know him better than you do," she observed, bending her head and pleating the lace on her knee.

    The Fighting Chance Robert W. Chambers
  • He swore it never touched a thread of it, but just look at that spot, right in the middle of a pleating too.

    The Sword of Damocles Anna Katharine Green
British Dictionary definitions for pleating


any of various types of fold formed by doubling back fabric and pressing, stitching, or steaming into place See also box pleat, inverted pleat, kick pleat, knife pleat, sunburst pleats
(transitive) to arrange (material, part of a garment, etc) in pleats
Word Origin
C16: variant of plait
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Word Origin and History for pleating



1560s, used as the verb version of plait (n.) and probably representing an alternative pronunciation. Related: Pleated; pleating.



"a fold," 1580s, variant of plait (n.). With a gap in the printed record 17c.-18c., but probably it was in continuous oral use.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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