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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from blindfold


blindfold adjective

Examples of blindfold in a Sentence


The kidnappers tied him up and blindfolded him.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The abductor blindfolded the doctor, tied up his hands and feet and, during an hourlong ride to who knows where, repeatedly shocked the surgeon with a stun gun, prosecutors said. Tonya Alanez,, "Kidnappers grab plastic surgeon, tie him up and torture him with a blowtorch, court papers say," 13 June 2019 No Bird Box blindfolds here, please: that crow's nest plus several screened and open porches offer views of the Atlantic—plus the property's sparkling pool. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Sandra Bullock Is Selling Her Georgia Beach House for $6.5 Million," 27 Mar. 2019 Political candidates have long appeared with guns in campaign ads — holding guns, firing guns, and even assembling guns blindfolded. Samantha Schmidt,, "Georgia governor candidate aims gun at teen in campaign ad. 'Get over it,' he tells critics.," 2 May 2018 Essentially blindfolding myself and laying in the dark didn't make for the smoothest transition from my old routine. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "This $20 Sleep Mask Helped Me Get the Best Sleep of My Life," 14 Jan. 2019 After the man blindfolded and gagged both her and her child, Carson-Sandler said, she was raped. NBC News, "Golden State Killer's victims look to heal after suspect's capture," 26 Apr. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Which brings us to the next industry that's bound to get sliced and diced, or at least spun around with a blindfold and sent stumbling off in a new direction: car manufacturers. Popular Mechanics, "The iPhone Changed the World, the Self-Driving Car Is Next," 29 June 2017 Demi spanks Colton with a Bird Box blindfold, and Courtney and Hannah Alabama have had enough. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Please, Please Let Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman Host the Next Season of 'The Bachelor'," 15 Jan. 2019 Even the blindfolds worn by Ms. Bullock and other characters in the movie to avoid seeing a monster became a meme. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Netflix Opens Eyes in Hollywood as ‘Bird Box’ Soars," 7 Jan. 2019 Don’t tie your partner’s arms and legs to the bed, throw on a blindfold, and pop in a ball gag on the first go with bondage. Gigi Engle, SELF, "5 Ways to Ease Your Partner Into Trying Bondage and Kink," 28 Sep. 2018 In 16th-century Europe, Lady Justice began wearing a new accoutrement: a blindfold to represent the impartial application of the law. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "‘Justice’ Is a Judicious Choice for ‘Word of the Year’," 21 Dec. 2018 Why would getting lost in the fantasy of floggers, blindfolds and safe-words matter in everyday moments like asking for a raise? Ibby Kohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kinky Sex Could Be the Secret to Your Success," 5 June 2018 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'blindfold.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about blindfold

Statistics for blindfold

Last Updated

18 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for blindfold

The first known use of blindfold was in 1526

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on blindfold

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with blindfold

Spanish Central: Translation of blindfold

Nglish: Translation of blindfold for Spanish Speakers

Comments on blindfold

What made you want to look up blindfold? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a device or gadget

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!