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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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 The off-shoulder dress featured a wrapped bodice, floor-length pleats and a billowing cape that gave her a dramatic, yet delicate look. Fox News, "Melania Trump praised for J. Mendel gown: 'She looks like a princess'," 12 July 2018 Deep pleats, the shorts’ signature detail, encourage airflow and ventilation by pulling the fabric away from your body. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "This Summer, Dress Like Hemingway on His Boat," 10 July 2018 Moisten dough edges with water to aid pleat sticking if needed. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Table for 1: For solo diners, cooking at home offers many perks," 12 July 2018 Kate's iteration, however, featured a deep V neckline, empire waist, pocket flaps, and a few pleats at the center of the skirt. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Channeled the Outfit Kate Wore To Her Wedding," 9 July 2018 Those opening looks were completely free of embellishments, and instead relied on flawless silhouettes and hand-pleats to connect with the audience. Emily Farra, Vogue, "When Beige Isn’t Boring: The Story Behind Dior’s Toile de Jouy Couture Gown," 6 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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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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