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plait

[pleyt, plat] /pleɪt, plæt/
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
1350-1400; Middle English pleyt < Middle French pleit < Latin plicitum, neuter of plicitus, past participle of plicāre to fold; see ply2
Related forms
interplait, verb (used with object)
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Examples for plait
  • 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.
  • They used the tough leaves of yucca plants to plait durable sandal soles.
British Dictionary definitions for plait

plait

/plæt/
noun
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
verb
4.
(transitive) to intertwine (strands or strips) in a pattern
Word Origin
C15 pleyt, from Old French pleit, from Latin plicāre to fold; see ply²
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Word Origin and History for plait
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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