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.
Origin of pleat
1325–75; Middle English;Related formspleat·er, nounpleat·less, adjectiveun·pleat·ed, adjective
variant of plait
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British Dictionary definitions for pleater
an attachment on a sewing machine that makes pleats
(tr) to arrange (material, part of a garment, etc) in pleats
Word Origin for pleat
C16: variant of plait
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Word Origin and History for pleater
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.
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