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.
- pleasure dome,
- pleasure principle,
Origin of pleat
1325–75; Middle English; variant of plait
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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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