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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
  • 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
  • "It's a kind of pleating," explained Dorothy, putting down the dog.

    The Road to Oz L. Frank Baum
  • This assumes exactly the shape of the pleated fan, the pleating formed by Natures deft hands.

    History of the Fan George Woolliscroft Rhead
  • For flannel, pleating or gathers may be used to put fullness into a band.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • She sat down, pleating up the hem of her black apron, and smoothing it out again.

    The White Peacock D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
  • This pleating is nearly always used by basting through the center, after having slightly pressed.

    Make Your Own Hats Gene Allen Martin
  • "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
  • The pleats at the apex should meet, and pleats at the lower overlapping edge be on a line with the rest of the pleating.

    Make Your Own Hats Gene Allen Martin
  • Wooden instruments have been found which were used for the pleating of linen stuffs.

  • Braiding, pleating, and tucking adorned many costume items because they could be produced by machine with ease and rapidity.

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.



"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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