Definition of plait noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

plait

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noun
BrE BrE//plæt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//plæt//
 
(British English)(also braid North American English, British English) Describing hair
 
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a long piece of something, especially hair, that is divided into three parts and twisted together She wore her hair in plaits. Her hair was tied back in a long thick plait. She fixed her hair into a thick plait. See related entries: Describing hair Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French pleit ‘a fold’, based on Latin plicare ‘to fold’. The word was formerly often pronounced like “plate”; since late Middle English there has been an alternative spelling plat, to which the current pronunciation corresponds.