You might get an odd look if you ask your hairdresser to put your hair in a plait, but she’ll eventually figure out what you want: a braid.
Plait, which sounds the same as plate, feels a bit like it’s from a bygone era, though the word is still in use today. A woman wearing a hairstyle with plaits might be on her way to meet Lord Something-or-Other, in the hopes of receiving a marriage proposal. Meanwhile, someone wearing a braided hairdo might be preparing for a night on the town or just a trip to the grocery store.
n a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
n any of various types of fold formed by doubling fabric back upon itself and then pressing or stitching into shape
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a flat double pleat made by folding under the fabric on either side of it
a box pleat reversed so that the fullness is turned inward
pleat in back of a straight skirt to allow ease in walking
a single pleat turned in one direction
a narrow flattened pleat or fold that is stitched in place
a tapered tuck made in dressmaking
sunburst pleat, sunray pleat
knife pleat cut on the bias to produce a flared effect