Etymology
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plait (v.)

late 14c., pleiten, "to fold (something), gather in pleats, double in narrow strips," also "to braid or weave (something)," from plait (n.) and also from Old French pleir "to fold," variant of ploier, ployer "to fold, bend," from Latin plicare "to fold" (from PIE root *plek- "to plait"). Related: Plaited; plaiting.

plait (n.)

late 14c., pleit, "a fold, a crease, a flattened gather made by doubling cloth or similar fabric in narrow strips upon itself," also "interlaced strands of hair," from Anglo-French pleit, Old French ploit, earlier pleit, "fold, manner of folding," from Latin plicatus, past participle of plicare "to lay, fold, twist" (from PIE root *plek- "to plait").

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Definitions of plait
1
plait (v.)
make by braiding or interlacing;
Synonyms: braid / lace
plait (v.)
weave into plaits;
plait hair
2
plait (n.)
a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair;
Synonyms: braid / tress / twist
plait (n.)
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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