\ ˈplēt \
pleated; pleating; pleats

Definition of pleat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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



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


pleater noun


pleatless \ ˈplēt-​ləs \ adjective

Synonyms for pleat

Synonyms: Verb

braid, plait, plat

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Examples of pleat in a Sentence


Her skirt has pleats at the waist.

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The filter is airtight, and comprised of a dense sheet of small fibers pleated and sealed in a metal or plastic frame. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "Do Air Purifiers Actually Work?," 17 Dec. 2018 Meghan then quickly changed into a purple Givenchy sweater and pleated skirt before the royals headed to a kiwi chick hatchery and to greet the public on a walkabout. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Finishes Out the Royal Tour of New Zealand Wearing Prince Harry's Jacket," 31 Oct. 2018 The Duchess of Sussex arrived to the ceremony in a navy Club Monaco dress with a built-in multicolored pleated skirt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Attended a Wedding with a Hole in His Shoe and We Totally Missed It," 7 Aug. 2018 Slacks The Midtown Man favors beige-colored chinos, with pleating for the over-40 gentleman and a flat front for under-40 guys. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "How the Fleece Vest Became the New Corporate Uniform," 24 July 2018 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

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And, fortunately, at the Detroit jacket’s back shoulder, Carhartt wisely included a pleat to ensure greater movement—or in this case to keep Sparky’s teeth busy. Roy Berendson, Popular Mechanics, "I Never Expected My Work Jacket to Fend Off a Dog Attack—But I'm Glad It Did," 13 Nov. 2018 Another thing that did really well is those foil pleats [Spring 2014]. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Proenza Schouler Is Back at New York Fashion Week, With “Real” Clothes That “Might Be a Little Polarizing”," 10 Sep. 2018 To battle the summer-style blahs, Mr. Barket endorses tucking a button-up shirt into the shorts to spotlight those striking pleats. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "This Summer, Dress Like Hemingway on His Boat," 10 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of pleat


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pleat


Middle English pleten, from pleit, plete plait


Middle English plete

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English Language Learners Definition of pleat

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


\ ˈplēt \
pleated; pleating

Kids Definition of pleat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Kids Definition of pleat (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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