Plait vs. Pigtail - What's the difference?

Main Difference

The main difference between Plait and Pigtail is that the Plait is a is the usual word in BE, although the younger generation may know it as "braid" and Pigtail is a braid of tightly woven hair.

Wikipedia

  • Pigtail

    In the context of hairstyles, the usage of the term pigtail (or twintail or twin tail) shows considerable variation. The term may refer to a single braid, but is more frequently used in the plural to refer to twin braids on opposite sides of the head. For some people, the term "pigtails" applies whether or not the hair is braided, but there is not widespread agreement on this (in places where this usage is common, unbraided pairs are called bunches and a single bunch, regardless of position on the head, is called a ponytail).

Wiktionary

  • Plait (noun)

    A flat fold; a doubling, as of cloth; a pleat.

    "a box plait"

  • Plait (noun)

    A braid, as of hair or straw; a plat.

  • Plait (verb)

    To fold; to double in narrow folds; to pleat

    "to plait a ruffle"

  • Plait (verb)

    To interweave the strands or locks of; to braid

    "to plait hair"

    "plaiting rope"

  • Pigtail (noun)

    A braided plait of hair.

  • Pigtail (noun)

    Either of two braids or "tails" on the side of the head.

  • Pigtail (noun)

    A twisted piece of tobacco.

  • Pigtail (noun)

    A cable that has a connector at one end, and loose wires on the other.

  • Pigtail (noun)

    The flamingo flower.

  • Pigtail (noun)

    The tail of a pig.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Plait (noun)

    a single length of hair, straw, rope, or other material made up of three or more interlaced strands

    "she wore her dark hair in plaits"

  • Plait (noun)

    archaic term for pleat

  • Plait (verb)

    form (hair, straw, rope, or other material) into a plait or plaits

    "her hair had been plaited and coiled at the back of her head"

  • Plait (verb)

    make (something) by forming material into a plait or plaits

    "a basket plaited from strips of flax"

Webster Dictionary

  • Plait (noun)

    A flat fold; a doubling, as of cloth; a pleat; as, a box plait.

  • Plait (noun)

    A braid, as of hair or straw; a plat.

  • Plait

    To fold; to double in narrow folds; to pleat; as, to plait a ruffle.

  • Plait

    To interweave the strands or locks of; to braid; to plat; as, to plait hair; to plait rope.

  • Pigtail (noun)

    The tail of a pig.

  • Pigtail (noun)

    A cue, or queue.

  • Pigtail (noun)

    A kind of twisted chewing tobacco.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Plait (noun)

    a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair

  • Plait (noun)

    any of various types of fold formed by doubling fabric back upon itself and then pressing or stitching into shape

  • Plait (verb)

    make by braiding or interlacing;

    "lace a tablecloth"

  • Plait (verb)

    weave into plaits;

    "plait hair"

  • Pigtail (noun)

    a braid of hair on either side of the face

Illustrations

Pigtail

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