[ pley-ting, plat-ing ]
/ ˈpleɪ tɪŋ, ˈplæt ɪŋ /


anything that is braided or pleated.
plaits collectively.

Origin of plaiting

First recorded in 1375–1425, plaiting is from the late Middle English word pleyting. See plait, -ing1

Definition for plaiting (2 of 2)


[ pleyt, plat ]
/ pleɪt, plæt /


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

verb (used with object)

to braid, as hair or straw.
to make, as a mat, by braiding.
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 forms

in·ter·plait, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for plaiting

British Dictionary definitions for plaiting


/ (plæt) /


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 for plait

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