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

pleater, noun
pleatless, adjective
unpleated, adjective Unabridged
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pleat (pliːt)
1.  box pleat inverted pleat kick pleat knife pleat See also sunburst pleats any of various types of fold formed by doubling back fabric and pressing, stitching, or steaming into place
2.  (tr) to arrange (material, part of a garment, etc) in pleats
[C16: variant of plait]

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Word Origin & History

1570, used as the verb version of plait (q.v.). Later (1581) as a noun.
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Example sentences
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.
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