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

 

plait

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//plæt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//plæt//
 
(British English) (also braid North American English, British English)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they plait
BrE BrE//plæt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//plæt//
 
he / she / it plaits
BrE BrE//plæts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//plæts//
 
past simple plaited
BrE BrE//ˈplætɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈplætɪd//
 
past participle plaited
BrE BrE//ˈplætɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈplætɪd//
 
-ing form plaiting
BrE BrE//ˈplætɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈplætɪŋ//
 
Styling hair
 
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plait something to twist three or more long pieces of hair, rope, etc. together to make one long piece a basket with plaited handles See related entries: Styling 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.