plait

noun
\ ˈplāt How to pronounce plait (audio) , ˈplat How to pronounce plait (audio) \

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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Verb

plaiter noun

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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 Doja's hair is slicked back and her plait sits low on her head, anchored at the base with a little bit of chain. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "Doja Cat's 2020 MTV VMAs Braid Was About a Mile Long," 31 Aug. 2020 Above the neck, her major updo referenced the 1960s styles of the Princess of Monaco, who often tossed her iconic blonde lengths into a plait or crown braid. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez Channels Grace Kelly With an Iconic Updo," 28 Oct. 2019 To secure her diamond jewels, Abergel phoned a friend who was skilled at teeny cornrows to create a single plait along Theron's part. Aimee Simeon, refinery29.com, "Charlize Theron Wore Diamonds In Her Hair For The Most Relatable Reason," 22 Jan. 2020 The actress’s medley of plaits and dreadlocks swung interminable, parted down the middle and left to fall to waist level, a few overachieving coils reaching her hips. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Lisa Bonet and Jason Momoa Prove They Have the Best Couples Hair in Hollywood," 22 Oct. 2019 From the meticulous styles that snake down our back to intertwined strands that form elaborate designs, plaits are intricately crafted yet deceptively low- maintenance. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Masters Of Manipulation," 15 Oct. 2019 Elsewhere, Kelsey Lu’s eyebrows won the double-take game—seriously, everyone else can go home—with a delineated application of vivid turquoise, all the more playful when paired with crimson plaits. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Selena Gomez, Rosalía, and More," 1 Sep. 2019 First came the updo, a nape-of-the-neck knot marked by plaits, one edging towards her forehead, another inching toward her bun, each embellished with tiny threads of metallic tinsel running through them. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Saoirse Ronan's Shimmery Gold Eye Statement Is Your New Evening Go-To," 28 Oct. 2019 The image features Queen Bey in a gold sequin Valentino dress, her long, blonde cornrows braided into gentle plaits, topped off with an extravagant Philip Treacy fascinator, reminiscent of a starburst. Amanda Mitchell, Teen Vogue, "The National Portrait Gallery Is Adding Beyoncé’s September 2018 "Vogue" Cover to Its Collection," 7 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Price was wearing a blue summer dress and her thick hair was plaited in two French braids. Deneen L. Brown, Washington Post, "Pushed out," 21 Sep. 2019 Nishia’s hair is still plaited into the dark blue braids that Ashlynn did for her – new hair for the start of school. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "'It was just us four': An Indianapolis mom prepares to bury her two teenagers," 5 Sep. 2019 Her hair was plaited into dreadlocks, covered with thick paste, and finished with tassels that looked like cows’ tails. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 With heads of bisque, eyes of glass, and wigs of human hair—carefully plaited and curled—they are flawlessly composed and quite contained. Laura Jacobs, WSJ, "‘Little Ladies: Victorian Fashion Dolls and the Feminine Ideal’ Review: An Era’s Expectations in Miniature," 17 Nov. 2018 Another clip showcases the star using her plait as a prop in her choreography. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Beyoncé’s Hairstylist Neal Farinah Posts About Her Mile-Long Braid on Instagram," 1 Aug. 2018 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

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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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“Plait.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plait. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for plait

plait

noun
How to pronounce plait (audio) How to pronounce plait (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of plait

 (Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly British : an arrangement of hair made by weaving three sections together

plait

verb

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

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

plait

noun
\ ˈplāt How to pronounce plait (audio) , 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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