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plait

noun \ ˈplāt , ˈplat \
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

Definition of plait

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

Examples of plait in a Sentence

  1. She wore her hair in plaits.

  2. she wore a plait down her back that reached her waist

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Origin and Etymology of plait

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

plait Synonyms

Synonyms

braid, lace, lacing, plat;

Related Words

cornrow, dreadlock, pigtail, queue;

braiding;


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plait

verb

Definition of plait

1 : pleat 1
2 a : to interweave the strands or locks of : braid
b : to make by plaiting
  • plait a basket

plaiter

noun

Examples of plait in a Sentence

  1. My mum taught me how to plait my own hair.

  2. plaited the doll's hair so it wouldn't tangle

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First Known Use of plait

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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plait Synonyms

Synonyms

braid, plat, pleat;

Related Words

interlace, interweave, weave;


PLAIT Defined for English Language Learners

plait

Definition of plait for English Language Learners

  • : an arrangement of hair made by weaving three sections together


plait

Definition of plait for English Language Learners

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


PLAIT Defined for Kids

1

plait

noun \ ˈplāt , ˈplat \

Definition of plait for Students

: a flat braid (as of hair)

2

plait

verb

Definition of plait for Students

plaited; plaiting
1 : 1braid
2 : to make by braiding
  • The man was plaiting a basket.


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