blind·​fold | \ˈblīn(d)-ˌfōld \
blindfolded; blindfolding; blindfolds

Definition of blindfold 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cover the eyes of with or as if with a bandage

2 : to hinder from seeing especially : to keep from comprehension



Definition of blindfold (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a bandage for covering the eyes

2 : something that obscures mental or physical vision

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blindfold adjective

Examples of blindfold in a Sentence


The kidnappers tied him up and blindfolded him.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For the interview, Mr. Eithawi was led blindfolded into a room at a detention center in Baghdad clad in a yellow jumpsuit, his hands cuffed before him. Isabel Coles And, WSJ, "Prisoner Recounts Secret Meeting With ISIS Leader Baghdadi," 17 Aug. 2018 Another option is blindfolding the groom alone — after all, most brides already know what their future spouse is wearing on their wedding day. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "The "False First Look" Is Officially the Most Romantic New Wedding Trend," 23 Mar. 2017 She was blindfolded with a piece of clothing and her assailants took turns raping and sodomizing her before letting her out of the car across the state line in Jackson County. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "Man pleads guilty to kidnapping and raping Johnson County deputy | The Kansas City Star," 24 May 2018 The morning after his interrogation, Lam was blindfolded, handcuffed and put on a train for an unknown destination. Alex W. Palmer, New York Times, "The Case of Hong Kong’s Missing Booksellers," 3 Apr. 2018 Several armed separatists in southeastern Ukraine's Luhansk region blindfolded and beat the full-bearded, stately Orthodox cleric in June 2014, weeks after pro-Moscow leaders declared Luhansk's independence and intention to join Russia. Mansur Mirovalev,, "In battle between Russia and Ukraine, even God is in dispute," 29 May 2018 Starting with the men, the victims were blindfolded and 53 people executed. Laignee Barron, Time, "Rohingya Insurgents Massacred Hindu Civilians in Myanmar, Amnesty International Reports," 23 May 2018 But Sampaoli is merely the latest in a string of Argentina managers to learn the hard way that fitting Messi into a functioning side can be more perplexing than solving a Rubik’s cube blindfolded. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Argentina’s Messi Problem," 25 June 2018 Amnesty International said the fighters blindfolded their victims and marched them away before executing 53 of them, including men, women and children. Todd Pitman, Fox News, "Rights group: Rohingya insurgents massacred Myanmar Hindus," 23 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Lady Justice does not wear a blindfold over only one eye. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, "When Justice Is Partial," 23 Aug. 2018 So the survivors protect themselves by wearing blindfolds — which limits their movement, leaves them open to all sorts of other dangers, and makes every stray sound into an unknown threat. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "The first Bird Box trailer makes it look like the opposite of A Quiet Place," 24 Oct. 2018 Use a cotton t-shirt as a blindfold and a necktie or pair of stockings to make handcuffs. Gigi Engle, SELF, "5 Ways to Ease Your Partner Into Trying Bondage and Kink," 28 Sep. 2018 In previous attacks, the Golden State Killer tore up towels and used them as blindfolds, gags and restraints. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "The final hours of the Golden State Killer’s final victim," 27 Apr. 2018 They were darted with a dose of antidote, and their blindfolds were removed. Jason Florio, Smithsonian, "The Dangerous Work of Relocating 5,000-Pound Rhinos," 22 May 2018 Reaching through an opening in the top of the container, another person removed the blindfold. Jason Florio, Smithsonian, "The Dangerous Work of Relocating 5,000-Pound Rhinos," 22 May 2018 The pitcher and the catcher, both who are typically not visually impaired and who don’t wear blindfolds, are on the same team as the batter. Barbara Dargis, Daily Southtown, "Playing it by ear: Beep baseball tourney involves athletes with visual impairments," 6 June 2018 For this part of the performance art happening, judy pressed the entire audience to put on blindfolds and feel their way around in the dark. Jonathan Takiff,, "Taylor Mac outdoes Springsteen as hardest-working headliner, in audacious Merriam marathon," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of blindfold


1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1715, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blindfold


alteration of Middle English blindfellen, blindfelden to strike blind, blindfold, from blind + fellen to fell

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English Language Learners Definition of blindfold

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cover the eyes of (a person) with a piece of cloth



English Language Learners Definition of blindfold (Entry 2 of 2)

: a piece of cloth that covers the eyes


blind·​fold | \ˈblīnd-ˌfōld \
blindfolded; blindfolding

Kids Definition of blindfold

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to cover the eyes of with a piece of cloth



Kids Definition of blindfold (Entry 2 of 2)

: a covering over the eyes

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