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.
- Also plait.
- pleater, noun
- pleatless, adjective
- un·pleat·ed, adjective
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How to use pleat in a sentence
For years, Cuomo gave me a hard time every time we crossed paths about whether I had cuffs or pleats.
Roll-neck designs were made in fine pleats with arms buried in folds of curved material.Comme Des Garçons, Kenzo, and More Japanese Designers at Paris Fashion Week | Liza Foreman | March 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Dresses, too, were made of panels of pleats that came together like waves smashing into one another.Comme Des Garçons, Kenzo, and More Japanese Designers at Paris Fashion Week | Liza Foreman | March 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Some have one pleat on each leg rather than double pleats, for example.
Exuberant romance dominated the evening gowns with their rows of lush ruffles and pinched pleats.
There are several folds or pleats in this cavity, made by tunicles, which are wrinkled like a full blown rose.The Works of Aristotle the Famous Philosopher | Anonymous
But these gentle, easy-going garments, with their pliant pleats and amenable button holes, could not survive.Bizarre | Lawton Mackall
And it may have a narrow, pointed tip which is helpful in ironing pleats, corners and gathers.Electricity for the 4-H Scientist | Eric B. Wilson
If the bosom has pleats raise them before ironing dry and dry under them.Secrets of Wise Men, Chemists and Great Physicians | William K. David
The sacque was gathered at the back in close pleats, which fell open over the skirt part of this dress.English Costume | Dion Clayton Calthrop
British Dictionary definitions for pleat
(tr) to arrange (material, part of a garment, etc) in pleats
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