plait

[pleyt, plat]
noun
1.
a braid, especially of hair or straw.
2.
a pleat or fold, as of cloth.
verb (used with object)
3.
to braid, as hair or straw.
4.
to make, as a mat, by braiding.
5.
to pleat.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English pleyt < Middle French pleit < Latin plicitum, neuter of plicitus, past participle of plicāre to fold; see ply2

interplait, verb (used with object)
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plait (plæt)
 
n
1.  a length of hair, ribbon, etc, that has been plaited
2.  (in Britain) a loaf of bread of several twisting or intertwining parts
3.  a rare spelling of pleat
 
vb
4.  (tr) to intertwine (strands or strips) in a pattern
 
[C15 pleyt, from Old French pleit, from Latin plicāre to fold; see ply²]

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plait
late 14c., "to fold, gather in pleats," from O.Fr. pleir "to fold," from L. plicare "to fold." The noun meaning "a fold, a crease" is attested from c.1400, from Anglo-Fr. pleit, O.Fr. pleit, ploit "fold, manner of folding," from L. plicatus, neuter pp. of plicare (see ply (v.)).
Meaning "interlaced strands of hair, ribbon, etc." is from 1520s.
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Example sentences
The shirt is usually white, intricately embroidered and plaited and made of cotton or linen.
Smocked bolero, and flare skirt with shirred to having box-plaited sides and velvet girdle.
Hats were plaited of straw or the fibers of palmetto leaves, and the skins of rabbits or raccoons made good headgear for winter.
The roofs were plaited coconut fronds as were the walls.
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