- a braid, especially of hair or straw.
- a pleat or fold, as of cloth.
- to braid, as hair or straw.
- to make, as a mat, by braiding.
- to pleat.
Origin of plait
Examples from the Web for plait
It wouldn't be very hard; I could plait you one myself if I only had some hemp.'Abbe Mouret's Transgression
Then we can plait our ribbons at our leisure on Monday, in time for the festival on Tuesday.A harum-scarum schoolgirl
They had found some long grass, which they set to work to plait.The Voyages of the Ranger and Crusader
"I shall," said Betty, and gave her morsel of a plait a convincing pull.An Australian Lassie
He'll be here before one could plait a girl's hair who's had her hair cropped!The Power of Darkness
- 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
- (tr) to intertwine (strands or strips) in a pattern
Word Origin and History for plait
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.).