placket

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French plaquer to lay or clap on. See placard.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

placket (plural plackets)

  1. a slit or other opening in an item of clothing, to allow access to pockets or fastenings
    • 1922: Dislike dressing together. Nicked myself shaving. Biting her nether lip, hooking the placket of her skirt. — James Joyce, Ulysses
    • 2001: When the placket of his shirt gave way, the stones tore freely into the skin on his chest and back, and he no longer imagined Lucy Hartley enjoying his guitar serenades – he wondered if he would get to the roof alive. — Glen David Gold, Carter Beats the Devil
  2. (obsolete) A petticoat, especially an under petticoat.
  3. (obsolete, slang, by extension) A woman.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Beaumont and Fletcher to this entry?)
  4. (obsolete) A woman's pocket.