- anything that is braided or pleated.
- plaits collectively.
Origin of plaiting
- 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 plaiting
"Yes," said Lucindy, smiling, and plaiting her skirt between her nervous fingers.Meadow Grass
Here the women do their work—the weaving of cloth, or the plaiting of mats.
The women are very clever at plaiting, and some of their mats are very fine in texture.
"I tore the plaiting of my dress," she said ruefully to Marjorie.Marjorie Dean High School Freshman
“However, they will do to learn with, and you can at once make hats with your plaiting,” he added.The Wanderers
- 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 plaiting
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.).