Definition of plet in English:

plet

noun

Irish English, Scottish, Northern
  • A plait or braid; plaited work.

noun

historical
  • A heavy whip, sometimes loaded with lead, formerly used as an instrument of punishment in Russia.

verb

Irish English, Scottish, Northern
  • with object To braid or intertwine (strands of hair, straw, etc.).

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in Medulla Grammatice. Probably ultimately a variant of plait, either arising from shortening of Middle English variants with long open ē, or by analogy with past tense and past participle forms of pleat<br>late 18th century; earliest use found in William Coxe. From Russian plet′ scourge, whip from plesti to scourge, whip<br>late Middle English; earliest use found in Mirour of Mans Saluacioune. Either originally inferred from past tense and past participle forms of pleat, or directly from plet.

Pronunciation

plet

/plɛt/