Word of the Day: Plat


plat / plăt


1. (a variant spelling of plait) a braid

We walked out on the roadside to wait for transportation, she with high top shoes and a plat of hair down each side of [her] cheeks, myself wearing heavy shoes and new overalls.

Mack Holley, 1913 – ?

2. a piece of land

Indeed, these lofty plats of table-land seem to form a peculiar feature in the American continents.

From “Astoria or Anecdotes of an enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains” by Washington Irving, 1783 – 1859

3. a map of land showing its actual or planned features

An application for land subdivision requires submittal of a drawing (plat) of the proposed subdivision to the Department of Development Services, and a public hearing before the City’s Planning Commission.

www.cctexas.com/services/construction-and-property-services/starting-building-project/platting, accessed January 9, 2023


1. to braid

This is that very Mab

That plats the manes of horses in the night

From “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare, 1564 – 1616

2. to make a map of an area of land, showing its actual or planned features

Before the city could ultimately sell and transfer the property to Iowa River Hospice, it needed to plat the land.

Joe Fisher, “Iowa River Hospice Secures Property”, ‘Times-Republican’, June 30, 2021