blind·​fold | \ ˈblīn(d)-ˌfōld How to pronounce blindfold (audio) \
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

Verb The kidnappers tied him up and blindfolded him.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The baby shower host had trivia games (guessing lines from popular children's books) and activities for the soon-to-be parents (diapering a doll blindfolded). Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 19 May 2020 There, Rajabian spent almost three months in solitary confinement, blindfolded. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, 8 May 2020 Then, in each house, the birthday kid or party guest is blindfolded while family members guide them to their pantry. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 20 Mar. 2020 Explore your yard blindfolded Using a blindfold is a fun way to get to know your yard through other senses, Presley said, an activity best done with a partner. oregonlive, 9 Apr. 2020 The Taliban blindfolded him and whisked him away on a motorcycle. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Sep. 2019 He was blindfolded and driven back to Dehkadeh, back to the town square. Naz Riahi, Longreads, 19 Mar. 2020 Balaraba Mohammed, who was 19 when she was blindfolded and kidnapped by Boko Haram, was sent out as a suicide bomber. Remy Tumin, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2020 One of those excursions involved climbing a 19-degree incline over nearly 500 feet; the other was a 94-foot blindfolded quickie that took a scant 1 minute, 17 seconds, to complete. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 5 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Majerle, who was participating in the next-day's All-Star game representing Phoenix, had walked onto the court in street clothes and placed a blindfold around Ceballos' head to cover his eyes. Chris Coppola, The Arizona Republic, 8 Sep. 2021 Throughout the week, she was seen cheering from the stands and, in particularly nail-biting moments, using her mask as a blindfold. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, 3 Aug. 2021 When Donaldson took off the blindfold and read the signs, he was overcome with emotion and gave his new daughter a hug. Eric Noll And Haley Yamada, ABC News, 2 Aug. 2021 Upon arrival, Deepak cruised right past the restaurant and simultaneously asked Sharan to put on a blindfold. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 22 June 2021 Lee is the inventor of the Her Ribbon, a versatile hair accessory that can double as a blindfold or soft restraint. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 3 June 2021 During the brief period when a giraffe is sedated, the team covers its face with a blindfold and sets up guide ropes around its shoulders. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Apr. 2021 Angel must have watched the fight with a blindfold. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 7 Dec. 2020 They're supposed to look at the facts and precedent and apply them with a blindfold on, ideally. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 26 Mar. 2021

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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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More Definitions for blindfold



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 How to pronounce blindfold (audio) \
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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