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.

Nearby words

  1. pleasurable,
  2. pleasure,
  3. pleasure dome,
  4. pleasure principle,
  5. pleasure-seeker,
  6. pleated,
  7. pleater,
  8. pleather,
  9. pleb,
  10. plebby

Also plait.

Origin of pleat

1325–75; Middle English; variant of plait

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

British Dictionary definitions for pleater



an attachment on a sewing machine that makes pleats



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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Word Origin and History for pleater
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