I UK [plæt] / US [pleɪt] noun [countable]
Word forms "plait":
singular plait plural plaits
a length of hair formed by twisting three separate lengths over each other, worn especially by women and girls. The usual American word is braid

Christina's hair was tied back in a thick, glossy plait.

II UK [plæt] / US [pleɪt] verb [transitive]
Word forms "plait":
present tense I/you/we/they plait he/she/it plaits present participle plaiting past tense plaited past participle plaited
to twist three long lengths of hair, rope, wool etc over and under each other to make one single piece. The usual American word is braid

Some of the men had plaited scraps of cloth in their long black hair.

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  • Plait — Plait, n. [OE. playte, OF. pleit, L. plicatum, plicitum, p. p. of plicare to fold, akin to plectere to plait. See {Ply}, and cf. {Plat} to weave, {Pleat}, {Plight} fold.] 1. A flat fold; a doubling, as of cloth; a pleat; as, a box plait. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plait — Plait, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Plaited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Plaiting}.] 1. To fold; to double in narrow folds; to pleat; as, to plait a ruffle. [1913 Webster] 2. To interweave the strands or locks of; to braid; to plat; as, to plait hair; to plait… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plaît-il — ⇒PLAÎT IL, loc. interj. Vieilli. [Formule de politesse par laquelle on invite un interlocuteur à répéter ce qu on a (ou feint d avoir) mal entendu, à expliciter ce qu on a (ou feint d avoir) mal compris]. Synon. comment, pardon, hein (fam.).… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • plait — ► NOUN Brit. ▪ a single length of hair, rope, or other material made up of three or more interlaced strands. ► VERB ▪ form into a plait or plaits. ORIGIN Old French pleit a fold , from Latin plicare to fold …   English terms dictionary

  • plait — index intertwine Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • Plaît-il ? — ● Plaît il ? se dit pour faire répéter ce qu on a mal entendu …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • plait — *weave, knit, crochet, braid, tat …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • plait — The noun and verb are both pronounced plat …   Modern English usage

  • plait — [plāt, plat] n. [ME pleit < OFr < VL * plicta < pp. of L plicare, to fold: see PLY1] 1. PLEAT 2. a braid of hair, ribbon, etc. vt. [ME playten < the n.] 1. PLEAT …   English World dictionary

  • plait — in·ter·plait; plait·ed; plait·er; un·plait; plait; …   English syllables

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