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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Other Words from plait

Verb

plaiter noun

Synonyms for plait

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 And if her twisted topknot is any indication, those wedding plaits are slated to stick around—and take the French Open by storm. Seeded or not. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Serena Williams—and Her New Updo—Is Set to Take the French Open By Storm," 25 May 2018 The singer and actress rocked a bedazzled plait, laden with glittery gems. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Cardi B Came Through Made In America Festival Dripping In A Jewel Ponytail," 3 Sep. 2019 Since their last twinning post, Jenner has shared additional photos of herself still wearing the epic plait, which is very likely the result of extensions. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kylie Jenner and Best Friend Stassie Karanikolaou Got Super-Long Matching Braids," 20 July 2019 Between the plait’s gorgeous golden hue and 3D dimension, the hairstyle was pretty hard to miss. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Issa Rae Looks Like A Mermaid In New Hair," 13 June 2019 The designers chose a familiar image, showing an older Tubman in a black coat with a prim white collar, her graying hair pulled back in what might be plaits. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "The Haunted Image of Harriet Tubman on the Twenty-Dollar Bill," 18 June 2019 Tossing the, In a matching move, hairstylist Jenda Alcorn tossed the Los Angeles-based beauty's blonde lengths into a wraparound milkmaid braid, then fastened tiny daisies, roses, and white flowers into her plaits. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Elle Fanning Puts a Fresh Spin on the Flower Crown," 15 May 2019 But after the quick sweat session, Johnson let her newfound voluminous texture work to her advantage, fastening a swift plait through her layered lengths before exiting the Studio City gym. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Dakota Johnson's Gym Hair Is All the Workout Motivation You Need," 8 Jan. 2019 On the hair front, there were Preen by Thornton Bregazzi’s waist-grazing twin plaits, and cropped cuts that let statement earrings shine at Givenchy. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The 11 Best Beauty Moments From the Pre-Fall 2019 Collections," 13 Dec. 2018 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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The first known use of plait was in the 14th century

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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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