- 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 plaited
Then she bruised every nettle with her bare feet and plaited the green flax.
On his shaven head he wore a small skull-cap of plaited grass.An Outcast of the Islands
Sometimes the hair of these heads was plaited like that of a girl.The Shadow World
She rose, folded her work and laid it in her plaited rush sewing-basket.Patchwork
Anna Balmer Myers
He was booted and spurred, and carried a short, heavy whip of plaited greenhide.Tom Gerrard
- 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 plaited
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.).