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.

Definitions of plait

n a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair

braid, tress, twist
a braid of hair at the back of the head
a plait of braided hair
Type of:
coif, coiffure, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle
the arrangement of the hair (especially a woman's 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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box pleat
a flat double pleat made by folding under the fabric on either side of it
inverted pleat
a box pleat reversed so that the fullness is turned inward
kick pleat
pleat in back of a straight skirt to allow ease in walking
knife pleat
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
Type of:
bend, crease, crimp, flexure, fold, plication
an angular or rounded shape made by folding

v make by braiding or interlacing

braid, lace
Type of:
tissue, weave
create a piece of cloth by interlacing strands of fabric, such as wool or cotton

v weave into plaits

plait hair”
Type of:
interweave, weave
interlace by or as if by weaving

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