plait·​ing ˈplā-tiŋ How to pronounce plaiting (audio)
: the interlacing of strands : braiding

Examples of plaiting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the past 25 years, Marzan has perfected multiple fiber-weaving techniques, including plaiting, twining, netting and cord-making. Sarah Sekula, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 June 2023 That’s achieved with slight compression from the lower calf down to the arch and bolstered by Farm to Feet’s plaiting, a construction where stretchy nylon yarns that grip and flex with your foot are sandwiched between softer wool yarns for comfort. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, 18 Apr. 2023 The three-quarter crew fits snugly, thanks to slight compression and the plaiting—the sock’s soft merino wool sandwiches stretchy nylon yarns that grip and flex with your foot. Popular Mechanics, 30 June 2020 Look More Exceptional Than Ever Catapulting pretty plaiting into the realm of the sublime, the best woven hair to hit the runways proved that true decadence is in the details. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 3 Oct. 2018 Make like the new Lara Croft and celebrate spring with an artful dose of power plaiting. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 12 Mar. 2018

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Word History


Middle English plityng, pleityng, playtynge, from pleiten "to pleat entry 1" + -yng -ing entry 1

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plaiting was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Plaiting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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