A man wearing a pleated kilt.
- The definition of a pleat is a stitched down double fold in a piece of fabric.
An example of a pleat is the folded fabric in a kilt.
- Pleat is defined as to press and stitch down double folds in a piece of fabric.
An example of pleat is sewing the double folds in a school girl's skirt.
Origin of pleatMiddle English pleten, variant, variety of playten: see plait
transitive verbpleat·ed, pleat·ing, pleats
Origin of pleatMiddle English plet variant of plait pleat, fold ; see plait .
- (sewing) A fold in the fabric of a garment, as a part of the design of the garment, with the purpose of adding controlled fullness or taking up excess fabric. There are many types of pleats, differing in their construction and appearance.
- (botany) A fold in an organ, usually a longitudinal fold in a long leaf such as that of palmetto, lending it stiffness.
- A plait.
(third-person singular simple present pleats, present participle pleating, simple past and past participle pleated)