\ ˈplēt How to pronounce pleat (audio) \
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 How to pronounce pleatless (audio) \ 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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Comprised of a black bodysuit with orange detailing and a bi-layer pleated skirt made in Nike’s Dri-Fit fabric, the ensemble brings Abe’s signature hybridization to performance wear. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "US Open Champion Naomi Osaka Returns to Queens in a Custom Sacai x Nike Outfit," 23 Aug. 2019 Fold the border, pinching or pleating dough together, all the way around to form a rim. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "Celebrate late summer produce with a rustic tomato cheddar galette," 22 Aug. 2019 Fold dough edges over filling, pleating as necessary, leaving the center exposed. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Corn and tomatoes: The local sweet season has started," 9 Aug. 2019 The Haute Couture confection was made of a large spiral of sun ray pleated sheer tulle ruffles, and featured an asymmetrical hem and halter neckline. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Is An Actual Angel In This White Tulle Gown at Cannes," 17 May 2019 Mixed in with Cowan’s greatest hits were superhero pieces that included a hot pink fur chubby with neon-light lapels and a pastel ombré trouser suit with pleating down the sides. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, "Inside Christian Cowan x The Powerpuff Girls’s International Women’s Day Celebration," 11 Mar. 2019 PJ Tucker gleamed in a bright orange two-piece from Acne Studios while Issa Rae twirled in a tie-dye pleated dress. Nandi Howard, Essence, "The Best Red-Carpet Looks At The 2019 NBA Awards," 25 June 2019 Also ubiquitous were slim black men’s ties, worn with tan canvas trouser suits, pleated or tiered flamenco skirts, and one all-white skirt and shirt combination, tucked into a leather corset belt with exaggerated curves. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "A Woman’s Rodeo, Designed by Dior," 26 May 2018 They are pleated at the top of the drapery panel, and hang from a rod. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Drapes or Curtains? Why Choosing the Right Window Treatment Matters," 27 Mar. 2019

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That meant reconstructed trench coats, some almost abstract in design, along with cinched blazers, box-pleat skirts suits, corset detailing and ruffled lace dresses. Washington Post, "Burberry, Christopher Kane show new collections in London," 16 Sep. 2019 Attendees interpreted the dress code in many ways: geometric prints, dizzying pleats, and lots of shimmer. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski, Sienna Miller, and More Celebrate the Ultra-Cool Rem Koolhaas at the New Museum’s Spring Gala," 4 Apr. 2019 Ford put wide pleats on the front of voluminous long skirts and offered plenty of New Yorkers’ favorite color: black. Washington Post, "Tom Ford entices fashion crowd into an old subway station," 10 Sep. 2019 Upholstery can often be outside the realm of the average DIYer, with complicated pleats, tufting, seams, and finishes best left to the capable hands of professionals who have mastered the craft. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The Absolute Easiest Way to Reupholster Furniture," 4 Sep. 2019 Roman shades have soft, wide pleats that fold flat when raised by a cord. Alice Hurley, Good Housekeeping, "How to Buy Blinds and Shades," 27 Aug. 2019 Between the opening seams and pleats cascades an explosion of color; high fluidity paintings created in collaboration with Michelle Morin are my featured print. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Recent SCAD Grads and Fashion Designers Brandon Skipper, Linden Grace Colby, Haley Emerson, and Darren Apolonio Discuss The Current State of Fashion," 3 July 2019 Indeed, pleats and the use of cutting-edge techniques in fabric construction was originally responsible for making house founder Issey Miyake famous during his 80’s heyday. Washington Post, "Sheer spectacle: Paris is the real star of menswear shows," 20 June 2019 The stiff silhouettes and geometric lines of the denim flow into softer drapes and open pleats that suggest letting go of excessive control. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Recent SCAD Grads and Fashion Designers Brandon Skipper, Linden Grace Colby, Haley Emerson, and Darren Apolonio Discuss The Current State of Fashion," 3 July 2019

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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 How to pronounce pleat (audio) \
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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