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plaiting

[pley-ting, plat-ing] /ˈpleɪ tɪŋ, ˈplæt ɪŋ/
noun
1.
anything that is braided or pleated.
2.
plaits collectively.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English pleyting. See plait, -ing1

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; 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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British Dictionary definitions for plaiting

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 plaiting

plait

v.

late 14c., "to fold, gather in pleats," also "to braid or weave," from Old French pleir "to fold," variant of ploier, ployer "to fold, bend," from Latin plicare "to fold" (see ply (v.1)). Related: Plaited; plaiting.

n.

c.1400, "a fold, a crease," from Anglo-French pleit, Old French ploit, earlier pleit, "fold, manner of folding," from Latin plicatus, past participle of plicare "to lay, fold, twist" (see ply (v.1)). Meaning "interlaced strands of hair, ribbon, etc." is from 1520s, perhaps from plait (v.).

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