the opening or slit at the top of a skirt, or in a dress or blouse, that facilitates putting it on and taking it off.
a pocket, especially one in a woman's skirt.
  1. a petticoat.
  2. a woman.

Origin of placket

1595–1605; variant of placard breastplate < Old French, derivative of plaquier to plate < Middle Dutch placken to patch; cf. plaque Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for placket

Historical Examples of placket

  • Gather from the placket to the middle of the front gore, if a skirt, apron, or dress.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

  • A placket is an opening in a garment allowing it to be put on.

    Textiles and Clothing

    Kate Heintz Watson

  • Can you tell where to place the two strips for the bands, and for the placket facings?

  • Yes, the long narrow strips are for the belt; some are for the placket facings.

  • The first exercise of the "Placket Sampler" is done on one of these quarters.

    Handicraft for Girls

    Idabelle McGlauflin

British Dictionary definitions for placket


noun dressmaking

a piece of cloth sewn in under a closure with buttons, hooks and eyes, zips, etc
the closure itself

Word Origin for placket

C16: perhaps from Middle Dutch plackaet breastplate, from Medieval Latin placca metal plate
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