[ pleet ]
/ plit /
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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.
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Origin of pleat
1325–75; Middle English; variant of plait
OTHER WORDS FROM pleatpleater, nounpleatless, adjectiveun·pleat·ed, adjective
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How to use pleat in a sentence
If a stiff, smart-looking bow is to be made, fold the ribbon in loops before pleating.
He swore it never touched a thread of it, but just look at that spot, right in the middle of a pleating too.The Sword of Damocles|Anna Katharine Green
A simple box pleating may be basted through the center and the edges caught together.
This pleating is nearly always used by basting through the center, after having slightly pressed.
The pleating may be caught together at top and bottom of box pleat, and it is then known as rose pleating.
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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