[ pleet ]
/ plit /


a fold of definite, even width made by doubling cloth or the like upon itself and pressing or stitching it in place.

verb (used with object)

to fold or arrange in pleats.
Also plait.

Origin of pleat

1325–75; Middle English; variant of plait

Related forms

pleat·er, nounpleat·less, adjectiveun·pleat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pleat


/ (pliːt) /


any of various types of fold formed by doubling back fabric and pressing, stitching, or steaming into placeSee also box pleat, inverted pleat, kick pleat, knife pleat, sunburst pleats


(tr) to arrange (material, part of a garment, etc) in pleats

Word Origin for pleat

C16: variant of plait
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