- a fold of definite, even width made by doubling cloth or the like upon itself and pressing or stitching it in place.
- to fold or arrange in pleats.
Origin of pleat
Examples from the Web for pleat
Some have one pleat on each leg rather than double pleats, for example.Back Away From the Pleats!
October 11, 2012
Mrs Denton lifted the corner of her apron, and began to pleat it.The Mynns' Mystery
George Manville Fenn
Take a short length of ribbon and pleat it once through the center.
This is made by turning the first pleat to the left and the next to the right.
And she did hope that pleat from the neck would look all right.The History of David Grieve
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Having sloped off the lower corners of these parts, pleat them, and join them with the foundation.
- (tr) to arrange (material, part of a garment, etc) in pleats
Word Origin and History for pleat
1560s, used as the verb version of plait (n.) and probably representing an alternative pronunciation. Related: Pleated; pleating.
"a fold," 1580s, variant of plait (n.). With a gap in the printed record 17c.-18c., but probably it was in continuous oral use.