plait

noun
\ ˈplāt , ˈplat \

Definition of plait 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : pleat

2 : a braid of material (such as hair or straw) specifically : pigtail

plait

verb
plaited; plaiting; plaits

Definition of plait (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

2a : to interweave the strands or locks of : braid

b : to make by plaiting plait a basket

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Other words from plait

Verb

plaiter noun

Synonyms for plait

Synonyms: Noun

braid, lace, lacing, plat

Synonyms: Verb

braid, plat, pleat

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Examples of plait in a Sentence

Noun

She wore her hair in plaits. she wore a plait down her back that reached her waist

Verb

My mum taught me how to plait my own hair. plaited the doll's hair so it wouldn't tangle
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

My mother would pull my hair into two plaits or sometimes into an Afro puff that looked like a fluffy rabbit’s tail on top of my head. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "How To Be a Plain Girl," 2 May 2018 This romantic loose plait, which came studded with roses and ribbons and was created by hairstylist Renda Attia, was one of the earliest and best beauty looks on the red carpet. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "The Best (and Worst) Met Gala Beauty Looks," 7 May 2018 Back then Meghan wore her hair in a fluffy ponytail or in two braids secured at the top and bottom of each plait. Leslie Carroll, Vanities, "How Meghan Markle Was Destined for the Spotlight," 24 Apr. 2018 Hair-rings There were plenty of fun accessories to pull from, but none of them resonated with Nelms as much as these beaded plaits, which ended up doubling as earrings. refinery29.com, "8 Spring Looks That Celebrate The Beauty Of Natural Hair," 19 Mar. 2018 Ultra-practical, with undeniable cool girl appeal as demonstrated on Hadid, weaving tiny plaits into your hair is an exhilaratingly easy way to update your look for spring. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Serves Up a Bombshell Take on Festival Hair at Tommy Hilfiger," 25 Feb. 2018 An Elephant Sitting Still’ Set in contemporary China, this elegant, sensitive, at times wrenching movie plaits together the lives of four characters who over a single day set down separate, difficult paths that finally converge. Manohla Dargis And A.o. Scott, New York Times, "11 Movies You Need to Know at New Directors/New Films," 27 Mar. 2018 Palau began by adding extensions to each model’s hair for extreme length, then combed it back taut with Redken’s Hardwear 16 Super-Strong Hair Gel before weaving it into a three-strand plait beginning at the nape and ending at the hip. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Alexander McQueen Turns the Dominatrix Braid Into a Paris Fashion Week Fetish," 5 Mar. 2018 Watch as Turner slays the game and drops a wealth of knowledge about the intricacies and details of weaves and plaits on Game of Thrones. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner Schools Us All In The Rules of Game of Thrones Hair," 9 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Her pigtails were perfect, each plaited into a tight, long braid and secured with a ribbon. Longreads, "La Otra," 26 June 2018 Everyone’s coiffure was sectioned and plaited and sculpted by Nena Soul Fly to depict ancient Nigerian styles; their baby hairs were laid down as an ode to modern-day black and Latino communities, says Lu. Kate Branch, Vogue, "Musician Kelsey Lu Just Made a Perfume—And She’s Launching It at Her Next Show," 14 May 2018 The braid was center-parted and plaited down the center of her back. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jasmine Sanders Just Wore the Most Insane Braid On the Met Gala Red Carpet," 7 May 2018 Her hair stylist—a man also called Iggy, a glimmer of light-ish relief—fixes plaited weaves to her head. Eve Barlow, GQ, "Can Iggy Azalea Be Her Own Savior?," 19 Apr. 2018 Broad materials, such as palms in the tropics, are plaited like braids; narrow materials, such as grasses on the Savannah, are coiled like ceramic pots; while stiffer materials, such as willow in the lowlands, are woven like tapestry. Deborah Needleman, New York Times, "The Enduring Appeal of: Baskets," 15 Feb. 2018 Since then, she's gone back and forth between the two hairstyles: cropped and curly, and long and plaited. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Solange Debuts Red Beads and Braided Hairstyle," 9 Oct. 2017 Valentino’s overarching beauty aesthetic has long centered on fresh skin and plaited manes—and braids, ponytails, and soft waves have been continually elevated by a treasure trove of adornments. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "8 Pretty Valentino Headpieces That Stole the Show," 30 Sep. 2017 The Old Arrow Maker, for example, shows a Dakota woman plaiting a mat, while her father carves an arrowhead from jasper. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Google Doodle Sculpts a Tribute to Pioneering Artist Edmonia Lewis," 1 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of plait

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plait

Noun

Middle English pleit, from Anglo-French pleit, plei, pli, from Vulgar Latin *plicitum, from neuter of Latin plicitus, past participle of plicare to fold — more at ply

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More Definitions for plait

plait

noun

English Language Learners Definition of plait

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an arrangement of hair made by weaving three sections together

plait

verb

English Language Learners Definition of plait (Entry 2 of 2)

: to twist together three pieces of (hair, rope, etc.)

plait

noun
\ ˈplāt , ˈplat \

Kids Definition of plait

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a flat braid (as of hair)

plait

verb
plaited; plaiting

Kids Definition of plait (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : to make by braiding The man was plaiting a basket.

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