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
But it was worked into a modern, multicolored necklace with the gems hung on a hippie leather plait.
She'd parted it in the middle or braided it into a single plait.
If one of the ribbons in the plait is twisted, it gives the resulting particle an electric charge.
On her head were two golden-yellow tresses, in each of which was a plait of four locks, with a bead at the point of each lock.
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