pleat

verb
\ 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

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 How to pronounce pleat (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for pleat

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of pleat in a Sentence

Noun Her skirt has pleats at the waist.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Though, if spring’s expressive prints and stand-out colors are more your mood, there’s a plissé style for that—from Cult Gaia’s voluminous peachy satin top to Julia Heuer’s wavy statement prints, which use the Japanese shibori technique to pleat. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 26 Apr. 2021 Using hot water ensures thin wrappers that are simple to pleat, whether the dough is rolled into individual rounds or into a sheet for cutting out circles. New York Times, 1 Feb. 2021 While most women in urban India and of the diaspora wear the sari in the familiar front-pleated style known as the Nivi drape, more than one hundred iterations exist across the country, many of which reveal the sari as a utilitarian garment. Meara Sharma, Vogue, 30 Apr. 2019 Battle’s 100 percent cotton masks are washable, have filters sewn in and are pleated to improve breathability and safety. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 5 May 2020 With no sign the virus will be under control any time soon, surgical masks — the three-ply, pleated rectangles that typically sell for a few cents each — have become a political flashpoint across Asia. Anthony Halpin, Bloomberg.com, 29 Apr. 2020 The silk was dyed to a brilliant, rich Prussian blue that becomes glossier and more luminous after pleating. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, 28 Sep. 2019 Your perfect navy pleated skirt practically has my name embroidered in the waistband. Lisa Birnbach, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Aug. 2019 Shriver paired her veil with a lace wedding gown featuring a matching high collar, illusion neckline, voluminous sleeves and fully pleated skirt. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, 13 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This is the more advanced version of the two-pleat. Hetty Mckinnon, Bon Appétit, 11 Apr. 2021 Every stitch, pleat, and fringe detail is intentional. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, 28 Aug. 2020 For a striped design, accordion pleat and fold fabric either vertically or horizontally. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 9 June 2020 The skirt fell perfectly, the darts at my waist making the fabric bell over my hips before draping into crisp pleats. David Canfield, EW.com, 6 May 2020 Grandparents can troubleshoot tricky pleats or hems while sewing non-medical masks to donate, or help younger kids (or those without a sewing machine) with a no-sew mask. Jamie Kiffel-alcheh, National Geographic, 7 May 2020 Blanchett was resplendent in Mary Katrantzou yellow with yards of pleats from shoulder to hem and a unique jeweled bra bodice. Washington Post, 6 Jan. 2020 Take care when stitching over the pleats as the fabric may be quite thick. Natalie Shutler, New York Times, 31 Mar. 2020 Place a square on the work surface and use your fingers to form two or three horizontal pleats. Erin Booke, Dallas News, 27 Mar. 2020

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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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4 May 2021

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“Pleat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pleat. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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 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

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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