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
  1. noun
    a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
    synonyms: braid, tress, twist
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    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)
  2. noun
    any of various types of fold formed by doubling fabric back upon itself and then pressing or stitching into shape
    synonyms: pleat
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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
  3. verb
    make by braiding or interlacing
    synonyms: braid, lace
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    type of:
    tissue, weave
    create a piece of cloth by interlacing strands of fabric, such as wool or cotton
  4. verb
    weave into plaits
    plait hair”
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    type of:
    interweave, weave
    interlace by or as if by weaving
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