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plait

[ pleyt, plat ]

noun

  1. a braid, especially of hair or straw.
  2. a pleat or fold, as of cloth.


verb (used with object)

  1. to braid, as hair or straw.
  2. to make, as a mat, by braiding.
  3. to pleat.

plait

/ plæt /

noun

  1. a length of hair, ribbon, etc, that has been plaited
  2. (in Britain) a loaf of bread of several twisting or intertwining parts
  3. a rare spelling of pleat


verb

  1. tr to intertwine (strands or strips) in a pattern
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Other Words From

  • inter·plait verb (used with object)
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Word History and Origins

Origin of plait1

1350–1400; Middle English pleyt < Middle French pleit < Latin plicitum, neuter of plicitus, past participle of plicāre to fold; ply 2
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Word History and Origins

Origin of plait1

C15 pleyt, from Old French pleit, from Latin plicāre to fold; see ply ²
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Example Sentences

“A lot of the critical details in the plot were a mishmash of ideas that made no sense,” astronomer Phil Plait wrote at Slate.

For a moment I was as dumbfounded as the bridegroom who discovers a plait of hair on his brides dressing table.

They plait it very ingeniously in small tresses, frequently making more than a hundred.

He learnt to plait the foliage of faded crocuses, and pin them tidily to the ground with little wooden forks.

The Egyptian jewellers employed wire, both to lay down on a background and to plait or otherwise arrange jour.

As she began to twist it into one heavy plait, she walked to the window and stood looking out.

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