Definition of pleat in English:


Syllabification: pleat
Pronunciation: /plēt


  • A double or multiple fold in a garment or other item made of cloth, held by stitching the top or side.
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    • It has a tailored collar with top button loop, hemmed sleeves, matte pearl buttons, a double-layer back yoke with pleats, left chest pocket and a clean-finish hem with side vents.
    • Finally, keep in mind that pants with no pleats or a single pleat are more flattering than multiple pleats.
    • The long-sleeve style has button-through sleeve plackets, adjustable cuffs and a back pleat.


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  • Fold into pleats: she was absently pleating her skirt between her fingers (as adjective pleated) a short pleated skirt
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    • My nana is tall, slim, and is in size 10 jeans, and she hates how pleated skirts look.
    • Her skirt was orange pleated, and barely covered the tops of her thighs.
    • She had a dark navy blue pleated skirt, a white t-shirt and yellow kneesocks on.
    fold, crease, gather, tuck, crimp; pucker



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  • A smocking pleater quickly makes the neatest pleats.
  • Pleater boards have made pleating possible again!
  • Supported by an international distributor network, our range of 24-Row and 32-Row pleaters is accepted as the most versatile and reliable range worldwide.


late Middle English: a variant of plait. The written form of the word became obsolete between circa1700 and the end of the 19th century.

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