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 pleatless (audio) \ 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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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 In another photo captured from the set, Laura Dern is seen wearing a gold pleated dress paired with tinted sunglasses and a slouchy metallic hat. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "New Photos from the Set of Big Little Lies Season Two Tease Another Costume Party," 6 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Other purposes of the cummerbund: as a crumb catcher (really!), a ticket-stub holder when heading to the opera or symphony (for both these reasons, the pleats must face up) and a waist cincher. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Go away from the blue light," 2 July 2019 The ethereal frock featured a cascading tulle train, accordion pleat work, and tonal embellishments for a sophisticated, subtle finish. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Inside Le Bal, the World’s Most Exclusive Debutante Ball," 28 Nov. 2018 As a nod to the kindergarteners by day slash superheroes who save the world before bedtime, there were capes aplenty, ranging from neon organza pleats and layered checkerboard tulle to pink metallic sequins. Rachel Marlowe, Vogue, "Inside Christian Cowan x The Powerpuff Girls’s International Women’s Day Celebration," 11 Mar. 2019 Hoult arrived on the red carpet wearing an all-black look by Dior, including a striking jacket which featured decorative pleats. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "The Favourite's Nicholas Hoult Just Arrived at the Oscars with His Co-Star Joe Alwyn," 24 Feb. 2019 Hadid’s chestnut hued leather get-up by Rosetta Getty, included a bold gravity-defying tube top, a supple blazer, and a pair of flares with an extreme pleat down the middle. Vogue, "Bella Hadid Takes Late ’90s Style to Dizzy New Heights," 5 Apr. 2019

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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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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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