plait

[pleyt, plat]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to braid, as hair or straw.
  2. to make, as a mat, by braiding.
  3. to pleat.

Origin of plait

1350–1400; Middle English pleyt < Middle French pleit < Latin plicitum, neuter of plicitus, past participle of plicāre to fold; see ply2
Related formsin·ter·plait, verb (used with object)
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Related Words for plait

twine, interweave, tuck, pleat, tress, crease, fold, knit, weave, flute, pigtail, pleach, plat

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British Dictionary definitions for plait

plait

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

Word Origin for plait

C15 pleyt, from Old French pleit, from Latin plicāre to fold; see ply ²
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Word Origin and History for plait
v.

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.

n.

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.).

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