\ 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

Other Words from pleat


pleater 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 Her mom keeps making fun of her inability to pleat a dumpling. Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 11 Aug. 2021 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 |, 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,, 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Tuck these inward and press flat on the inside of the mask so this new pleat creates a flat seal. Corey Gaskin, Ars Technica, 18 Dec. 2021 To that end, the new OCBD features an unfused, unlined collar and cuffs, as well as a seven-button front, a straight box pleat, and six-pleat shirring at the cuffs. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 30 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, the trousers are cut on the roomy side with a single pleat for volume, comfort and swagger. Benedict Browne, Robb Report, 15 Sep. 2021 The flare of the pants and their diamond-cutting sharp pleat down the middle. Liam Hess, Vogue, 4 Aug. 2021 In a striking red, this pleat that begins below the waist is a statement worth making. Sierra Mayhew, Harper's BAZAAR, 2 Aug. 2021 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,, 28 Aug. 2020 For a striped design, accordion pleat and fold fabric either vertically or horizontally. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 9 June 2020

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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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