\ 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

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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 Battle’s 100 percent cotton masks are washable, have filters sewn in and are pleated to improve breathability and safety. Leada Gore |, al, "Birmingham woman learns to sew to make 300 face masks for neighbors," 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,, "Alpha Dog Putin Shows Meeker Side With Erdogan," 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, "Downton Abbey's Costume Designer Shares the Story Behind Edith's Ball Gown," 28 Sep. 2019 Your perfect navy pleated skirt practically has my name embroidered in the waistband. Lisa Birnbach, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Return of Preppy Fashion," 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,, "Katherine Schwarzenegger Wore Mom Maria Shriver's Wedding Veil to Marry Chris Pratt," 13 June 2019 For the visit, the Duchess of Cambridge chose to wear a black turtleneck top and a leopard print pleated skirt from Zara. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Wore a Zara Leopard Print Skirt for a Visit to Wales," 22 Jan. 2020 For the Golden Globes, Bellisario paired the high-waisted, pleated Cortana Bridal skirt with a beige, silk tank top. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Troian Bellisario Recycled Her Wedding Dress For the Golden Globes," 6 Jan. 2020 Vanessa Beecroft drew a model wearing a Gucci organza pleated dress. Channing Hargrove,, "‘Vogue Italia’ Is Bringing Back Fashion Illustration On Its Covers," 6 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "How to foster relationships between kids and grandparents (and great-grandparents!)," 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, "A mix of risk-takers and classic Hollywood at Golden Globes," 6 Jan. 2020 Take care when stitching over the pleats as the fabric may be quite thick. Natalie Shutler, New York Times, "How to Sew a Face Mask," 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, "Craving pasta? Here’s how to make it when all you have is flour," 27 Mar. 2020 Varma herself embodies her experimental ethos, often wearing unconventional drapes—shorter in length, or through her legs, or with pleats in the back. Meara Sharma, Vogue, "Why I Am Taking the Sari Back to the Street," 30 Apr. 2019 Coats were pressed with irregular permanent pleats, and parkas enveloped the torso. Washington Post, "Balenciaga put engineers, architects and moms on its runway — to make a statement about power in the workplace," 30 Sep. 2019 Spoon a heaping teaspoon or so of the filling onto a dough circle, fold it in half and pleat or seal edges. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Chinese New Year recipe: Easy dumplings symbolize wealth and prosperity," 1 Feb. 2020 This iron from Rowenta has a stainless steel soleplate with 400 micro-steam holes and a high-precision tip, which is helpful for ironing pleats or around buttons on your blouses. Popular Science, "De-wrinkle your clothes with these powerful irons," 27 Dec. 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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The first known use of pleat was in the 14th century

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15 May 2020

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“Pleat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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