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

Stepping out of the terminal to brave the city’s frigid winds, the singer slipped a black hoodie over four face-framing, imperfect plaits that may well have been the work of a swift DIY job moments before touch down. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Madonna’s Cool-Girl Braids Are the Ultimate Travel Day Beauty Solution," 29 Jan. 2019 For this look, Lisa's stylist braided her hair before looping dozens of clips into the plaits. Allure, "Lisa of Blackpink Just Wore a Crown of Paper Clips in Her Hair," 16 July 2018 Two jumbo plaits taken down is a universally flattering hairstyle that's easy to do. Shammara Lawrence, Allure, "Lace Frontier: A Beginner's Guide to the World of Wigs," 10 Sep. 2018 The editorial spread features work by hairstylist Neal Farinah, who styled Beyoncé’s curls in double plaits with three braids secured at the crown. Karina Hoshikawa, Teen Vogue, "Beyoncé's Vogue Hairstylist Neal Farinah Talks Natural Hair and Diversity," 8 Aug. 2018 In addition to dressing down, or punk-ing up, any ensemble, its tight plaits may just help smooth the little forehead creases south of the hair line. Jamie Rosen, Town & Country, "The Braid That Takes Years Off Your Face," 8 Apr. 2014 Meanwhile, Tommy Hilfiger's festival-friendly, sporadically placed micro braids and McQueen's thick, slicked and waist-grazing dominatrix plaits proved there's an expressive woven style for everyone. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "8 Beauty Trends That Blew Up on the Fall 2018 Runways," 14 Mar. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

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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

noun

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 , 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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