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 : pleat
To form one or more pleats in a piece of fabric or a garment : pleat
A pleat in a piece of clothing is a permanent fold that is made in the cloth by folding one part over the other and sewing across the top end of the fold. a flat narrow fold in a skirt, a pair of trousers, a dress etc (plait) : pleat
any of various types of fold formed by doubling fabric back upon itself and then pressing or stitching into shape : pleat
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[ 'plEt ] (transitive verb.) 14th century. Middle English pleten, from pleit, plete plait.