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


The kidnappers tied him up and blindfolded him.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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 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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