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[pleet] /plit/
a fold of definite, even width made by doubling cloth or the like upon itself and pressing or stitching it in place.
verb (used with object)
to fold or arrange in pleats.
Also, plait.
1325-75; Middle English; variant of plait
Related forms
pleater, noun
pleatless, adjective
unpleated, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for pleated
  • These clear-plastic, accordion-pleated tubes of sweet red goo are topped by a human skull made of chalky yellow candy.
  • He decided on the diagonally pleated design shown here.
  • The pleated draw cord top opening offers a retro touch and makes access a cinch.
  • Rorquals are found throughout the world's oceans and are distinguished by their long bodies and pleated throats.
  • The split, bi-swing back and pleated elbows provide excellent mobility while the drop tail gives you added coverage and comfort.
  • The bi-swing back and pleated elbows enhance ease of movement, and the rib-knit cuffs and waist deliver a comfortable fit.
  • The split back with bi-swing design and pleated elbows allow for easier movement on the job.
  • She had many such shirts and wore them with pleated khakis, nondescript sneakers, and a drugstore watch.
  • Brush the pleated pastry with the beaten egg, then sprinkle evenly with the sanding sugar.
  • Soup dumplings pleated so they expand in the steamer.
British Dictionary definitions for pleated


any of various types of fold formed by doubling back fabric and pressing, stitching, or steaming into place See also box pleat, inverted pleat, kick pleat, knife pleat, sunburst pleats
(transitive) to arrange (material, part of a garment, etc) in pleats
Word Origin
C16: variant of plait
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Word Origin and History for pleated



1560s, used as the verb version of plait (n.) and probably representing an alternative pronunciation. Related: Pleated; pleating.


"a fold," 1580s, variant of plait (n.). With a gap in the printed record 17c.-18c., but probably it was in continuous oral use.

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