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Placket \Plack"et\, n. [F. plaquer to lay or clap on. See Placard.]

  1. A petticoat, esp. an under petticoat; hence, a cant term for a woman. [Obs.]
    --Beau. & Fl.

  2. The opening or slit left in a petticoat or skirt for convenience in putting it on; -- called also placket hole.

  3. A woman's pocket.


n. 1 a slit or other opening in an item of clothing, to allow access to pockets or fastenings 2 (context obsolete English) A petticoat, especially an under petticoat. 3 (context obsolete slang by extension English) A woman. 4 (context obsolete English) A woman's pocket.


n. a piece of cloth sewn under an opening


A placket is an opening in the upper part of trousers or skirts, or at the neck or sleeve of a garment. Plackets are almost always used to allow clothing to be put on or removed easily, but are sometimes used purely as a design element. Modern plackets often contain fabric facings or attached bands to surround and reinforce fasteners such as buttons, snaps, or zippers.

In modern usage, the term placket often refers to the double layers of fabric that hold the buttons and buttonholes in a shirt. Plackets can also be found at the neckline of a shirt, the cuff of a sleeve, or at the waist of a skirt or pair of trousers.

Plackets are almost always made of more than one layer of fabric, and often have interfacing in between the fabric layers. This is done to give support and strength to the placket fabric because the placket and the fasteners on it are often subjected to stress when the garment is worn. The two sides of the placket often overlap. This is done to protect the wearer from fasteners rubbing against their skin and to hide underlying clothing or undergarments.

A button front shirt without a separate pieced placket is called a "French placket." The fabric is simply folded over and the buttonhole stitching secures the two layers (or three layers if there is an interlining). This method affords a very clean finish, especially if heavily patterned fabrics are being used. This method is normally only used in stiff-fronted formal evening ("white-tie") shirts. However, the normal, separate placket on a shirt gives a more symmetrical appearance.

If the buttons are concealed by a separate flange or flap of the shirting fabric running the length of the placket, it is called a "fly front." The inner placket of a fly front shirt can be made as a less constructed French placket or as a fully constructed regular placket.

Historically, a placket may also be:

  • A decorative front-panel used to fill in the opening of a doublet or gown (later called a stomacher). Also spelled placard.
  • A decorative panel or "forepart" (see 1500–1550 in Fashion) attached to a woman's petticoat.
  • An opening or slit in a skirt or petticoat to access a separate hanging pocket.
  • A petticoat or skirt pocket.

May also be spelled 'Placquet'

Usage examples of "placket".

Vulnerable, nearly petrified by a fear Of rejection, she summoned courage and boldly reached out, letting her hand glide down his chest to the waist of his jeans, pausing where bare skin met denim, then drifting on further, down over button and placket and zipper, feeling him under her hand.

Joscelin wore black, reminding me with a pang of Delaunay in his austerity, a chain of square-linked silver glittering on the placket of his doublet, his fair braid like a marque down the center of his back.

Reluctantly, Gilbert went, tucking the rod into the placket at the front of his doublet.

Susanna fumbled for the key she expected to find tucked into the pouch hidden in a placket in her kirtle.

She reached into the deep placket in her kirtle and withdrew a small object.

She tucked one hand into the placket in her kirtle, to warm her fingers, and encountered in her pouch the apple Catherine had carved for her.

With trembling fingers, Susanna felt for the candle, steel, and flint she always carried in the pouch hidden in the placket of her kirtle.

She knew exactly how lean and firm his body would be beneath the fine linen and nankeen, knew how his skin would feel beneath her fingers if she were to reach out and slip her hand into the open placket of his lawn shirt.

She was a good mother too, and that was why Obadiah did not care that Flora Placket was as ugly as a haversack.

Flora Placket reminded Obadiah of his own mother who was the only person in all his life who had shown him kindness.

She smoothed a hand down over the fabric of her gown where a placket of cloth had been added to accommodate her girth.

He continued to kiss her while she fumbled with the buttons of his waistcoat and the placket of his linen shirt.

Gratification pummeled him in waves, swelling sensitive flesh until he could count each heartbeat in the hardness that strained the placket of his jeans with each separate surge of blood.

Awareness of anything but the miracle of her was driven out by the frantic need which made every drop of blood in his body rush to the aching thrust of flesh that was straining against the placket of his jeans.

Then his hands were plucking at her awful homespun dress, pulled its sash off, unbuttoned the placket up its back and tugged it down over her shoulders, tried to work her arms out of its sleeves.