A pleat is a creased fold in fabric. Your long wool coat might have a single pleat in back, down toward the hem.

Some pleats are creased sharply, or even stitched firmly in place, while others are looser. The pleats in a little girl's frilly dress or in a skirt that has pleats all the way around might be called "accordion pleats," while a kilt usually has one "box pleat" in the back, with simple "knife pleats" on either side. Pleat is also a verb, meaning "to make or sew a pleat."

Definitions of pleat

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 pleat or gather into a ruffle

Type of:
fold, fold up, turn up
bend or lay so that one part covers the other

v fold into pleats, "Pleat the cloth"

Type of:
fold, fold up, turn up
bend or lay so that one part covers the other

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