See also: plaît

English edit

A box plait with a piped edge at the top.
A person's hair in a long plait.

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From Middle English pleit, from Anglo-Norman pleit (compare Old French ploit), from Latin plectō, which is akin to Old Norse flétta (Danish flette), Russian плести́ (plestí) and also to Old English fleohtan, which it displaced. Doublet of plight (plait, fold) and pleat.

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plait (plural plaits)

  1. A flat fold; a doubling, as of cloth; a pleat.
    a box plait
    • 1705, J[oseph] Addison, Remarks on Several Parts of Italy, &c. in the Years 1701, 1702, 1703, London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], →OCLC:
      the plaits and foldings of the drapery
  2. A braid, as of hair or straw; a plat.

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plait (third-person singular simple present plaits, present participle plaiting, simple past and past participle plaited)

  1. (transitive) To fold; to double in narrow folds; to pleat
    to plait a ruffle
  2. (transitive) To interweave the strands or locks of; to braid
    to plait hair
    plaiting rope
    • 1900, Charles W. Chesnutt, chapter I, in The House Behind the Cedars:
      Her abundant hair, of a dark and glossy brown, was neatly plaited and coiled above an ivory column that rose straight from a pair of gently sloping shoulders, clearly outlined beneath the light muslin frock that covered them.

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plait

  1. post-1990 spelling of plaît (third-person singular present indicative of plaire)

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From Old French plait, plet.

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plait (plural plaits)

  1. Alternative form of ple

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From Latin placitum (decree).

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plait oblique singularm (oblique plural plaiz or plaitz, nominative singular plaiz or plaitz, nominative plural plait)

  1. agreement
  2. argument; dispute
  3. court (of law)
  4. plea; ask; demand

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  • French: plaid
  • Middle English: plait

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