pleat

verb
\ˈplēt \
pleated; pleating; pleats

Definition of pleat 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : fold especially : to arrange in pleats pleat a skirt

pleat

noun

Definition of pleat (Entry 2 of 2)

: a fold in cloth made by doubling material over on itself also : something resembling such a fold

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Other Words from pleat

Verb

pleater noun

Noun

pleatless \ ˈplēt-​ləs \ adjective

Synonyms for pleat

Synonyms: Verb

braid, plait, plat

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Examples of pleat in a Sentence

Noun

Her skirt has pleats at the waist.

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Middleton stepped out in a custom Alessandra Rich pleated dress with waist band and white collar. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Wears Baby Blue Dress for Her Nephew's Christening," 9 July 2018 The zigzag motif was handled sublimely on a gray creation with knife pleating that looked like a human had mated with a jellyfish. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Dior celebrates the atelier, draws celebs to Paris couture," 2 July 2018 The roughly 980-foot-long tube, pleated like a lampshade and transparent like a greenhouse, houses a hotel lobby, restaurants, and a public viewing deck, and lies on its side across four of the lesser skyscrapers. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "We shouldn’t abandon the cities we have for some amenities in the clouds," 14 June 2018 Getty Images Getty Images Getty Images The dress featured a softly pleated skirt and is made from pure Italian silk with a delicate floral print inspired by chinoiserie. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Pregnant Pippa Middleton Stole the Show at the Royal Wedding," 19 May 2018 Shayk, 32, was dripping in gold in an Atelier Versace number featuring a plunging neckline, beaded bodice, and a cascading pleated skirt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Irina Shayk and Bradley Cooper Made a Rare Red Carpet Appearance at the Met Gala," 8 May 2018 Production Credits: On Wayne: Dior Haute Couture pleated tulle cape and mask, price upon request, to order 800-929-3467. Stella Bugbee, The Cut, "Motherhood and the Great River of Vomit," 1 May 2018 Doria looked like a schoolgirl in a modest white pleated skirt and short-sleeved blouse, with a coronet of baby’s breath in her hair. Leslie Carroll, Vanities, "How Meghan Markle Was Destined for the Spotlight," 24 Apr. 2018 On the body, its genius was revealed: It was expertly pleated, flowy without being overly baggy and—most importantly—deeply flattering. Kim France, WSJ, "The One Dress Women of Every Age Should Own," 22 Mar. 2018

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The actress has long relied on outré clothing statements and chose a modest accordion pleat dress by Vetements with matching red velvet stilettos. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Tilda Swinton Gives Vetements the Red Carpet Treatment," 4 Oct. 2018 The countryside unfolds as a series of lush pleats of green. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "50 Things to Do in Asia Before You Die," 24 Sep. 2018 The floor-length dress was intricately detailed with lace and pleats and cinched at the waist with a thick pink band. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Shannon Purser and Noah Centineo Attend the “Sierra Burgess Is A Loser” Premiere," 31 Aug. 2018 The pale gown by J. Mendel was made of chiffon, fitted in the ruched, off-the-shoulder bodice and falling from the waist in a princess-style sweep of faint pleats. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Melania Trump stuns in sweeping Grecian-goddess J. Mendel gown for dinner at Churchill's palace," 12 July 2018 Meanwhile, Pippa's included a few extra details, including a pointed collar, buttons down the center of the dress, and a layer of pleats from the hips to the hem. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Channeled the Outfit Kate Wore To Her Wedding," 9 July 2018 Aside from its stables, Chantilly is also known for its lace production, and lashings appeared throughout the collection as graphic inlays, dense ruffles and skirt pleats. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "A Woman’s Rodeo, Designed by Dior," 26 May 2018 Fold up sides of dough to the edges of the jam to form pleats. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Table for 1: For solo diners, cooking at home offers many perks," 12 July 2018 Both ensembles were monochrome, midi length, and featured pleats on the bust and at the cuffs of their billowy sleeves. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Channeled the Outfit Kate Wore To Her Wedding," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of pleat

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pleat

Verb

Middle English pleten, from pleit, plete plait

Noun

Middle English plete

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The first known use of pleat was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for pleat

pleat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of pleat

: a fold in cloth that is made by folding the material onto itself

pleat

verb
\ˈplēt \
pleated; pleating

Kids Definition of pleat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to arrange in folds made by doubling material over on itself

pleat

noun

Kids Definition of pleat (Entry 2 of 2)

: a fold (as in cloth) made by doubling material over on itself

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