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.

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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 In a letter from bar owner Butch Yamali to the mayor of Kingsport and the tourism board, the Northern bar owners and bartenders propose an iced tea contest be held, in which bar patrons would be blindfolded for a taste test for the ages. Doug Criss And Anneclaire Stapleton, CNN, "Oh, it's on! New York and Tennessee towns both claim Long Island Iced Tea was created there," 10 May 2018 The players are blindfolded to keep the game fair, as the players’ abilities vary from visually impaired to completely blind. Lauren Lumpkin,, "With hopes of a national team, Maryland School for the Blind hosts camp for visually impaired soccer players," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Participants — those who have vision close their eyes or use blindfolds — explore Ms. Hashimoto’s dance space, taking note of how sound reverberates off walls, while feeling textures and the layout. Serena Solomon, New York Times, "How to Convey Dance to Those Without Sight? All Hands On," 17 May 2018 Flight attendants probably could have passed out blindfolds and cigarettes on Tuesday’s charter flight west. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Still facing long odds, Spurs aim to bring pride with them on the road," 23 Apr. 2018 Actor Eric Ladin explains his Astros' blindfold superstition The Astros' run to their first World Series championship also brought out the celebrities either at the actual ballparks or on social media. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Celebrities who are fans of Houston sports teams," 23 Apr. 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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