braid

verb
\ˈbrād \
braided; braiding; braids

Definition of braid 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to make from braids braid a rug

b : to form (three or more strands) into a braid

2 : to do up (the hair) by interweaving three or more strands

3 : mix, intermingle braid fact with fiction

4 : to ornament especially with ribbon or braid

braid

noun

Definition of braid (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a length of braided hair

b : a cord or ribbon having usually three or more component strands forming a regular diagonal pattern down its length especially : a narrow fabric of intertwined threads used especially for trimming

2 : high-ranking naval officers

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Other Words from braid

Verb

braider noun

Synonyms for braid

Synonyms: Verb

plait, plat, pleat

Synonyms: Noun

lace, lacing, plait, plat

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Examples of braid in a Sentence

Verb

She braids her hair every morning. they taught each other how to braid yarn into bracelets

Noun

a hat trimmed with braid until she was 15, she had a braid that reached to her knees
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Before getting her hair braided in late June, model Salem Mitchell had a long, wavy weave. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Model Salem Mitchell Is Sick of Black Women's Hairstyles Being Labeled "Ghetto"," 13 July 2018 Earlier this year, Kardashian wore blond Fulani braids with beads and credited her braided look to '70s model and actress Bo Derek, who is white. Teryn Payne, Glamour, "Kim Kardashian Wore Cornrows to the MTV Movie & TV Awards, Despite Past Criticism," 18 June 2018 Google — through Google Arts and Culture — is on a mission to find new ways of braiding technology with culture. New York Times, "In the Dance Lab With Martha Graham," 25 May 2018 In the image, two white Barbie dolls sport simple ponytails, while a black Barbie has one side of her head hair braided in dark cornrows and the rest styled in bouncy golden curls. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Black Barbie's 'half-finished' hairstyle causing controversy, drawing mixed reviews," 1 May 2018 Make a lone braid a little more creative with a pretty flower accessory to match her outfit. Sasha Henriques, Woman's Day, "The 10 Best Back-to-School Hairstyles for Kids," 25 July 2017 Do this at night: Create texture by braiding your hair before bed, says Tabatha Coffey, star of Bravo's Tabatha Takes Over. Redbook, "How to Streamline Your Weekday Mornings, Start to Finish," 5 Sep. 2012 Ariana-ing a few times a month won't kill you, but try a loose braid instead. Tomoko Takeda Canel, Seventeen, "10 Genius Hacks For Making Your Hair Grow Faster," 26 Oct. 2017 In the living room, which Johnson says is her favorite room in the house, the Darbuka brass coffee table, Icelandic sheepskin throw, braided hemp jute pouf, valet jute rug, Uno 2-piece sectional sofa, and Tesso bronze bookcases are by CB2. Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson, ELLE Decor, "Before + After: A Spanish-Style Home Is Reimagined In True L.A. Fashion," 2 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

From rocking a bright shade of purple lipstick to chopping her braid off mid-performance, the singer is definitely a fan of trying new things. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Beyoncé Wore Silver Lipstick," 23 Oct. 2018 Playboi Carti, who was still in his street clothes (a yellow-and-black ensemble by Vlone), had his facial hair groomed by a heavily tattooed barber and his braids oiled. Ben Detrick, New York Times, "Playboi Carti Conquers the Paris Runway," 29 June 2018 The entire braid of the self is coming unwound in a rush. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "What the Living Can Learn by Looking Death Straight in the Eye," 26 June 2018 The moment was chillingly powerful, as was the following scene, when Akecheta returned the braid of a warrior to his sobbing mother. The Atlantic, "Westworld: Ghost Nation, Revealed," 10 June 2018 Here, a row of rainbow-colored braids is suspended from the ceiling in a format that suggests the symbol of LGBTQ liberation. Christopher Knight, latimes.com, "Lauren Halsey takes a fantastic voyage in MOCA's 'we still here, there'," 24 May 2018 Secure the gold hair accessory onto the braid with a bead threader before connecting it to the other side. 10. Stasha Harris, Cosmopolitan, "Prepare to Be Obsessed With This Gorgeous Bejeweled Fro," 8 Mar. 2018 The braids stop just short of a giant gold championship belt (like the ones professional wrestlers wear) that wraps Davy’s waist. George Dohrmann, SI.com, "Inside the Viking World Order, the Exclusive Club of Minnesota Vikings Superfans," 17 Jan. 2018 Kinship in free fall, yes, but still connected, however tenuously, to the thick braid of our African heritage, cut off at the root so long ago. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Deana Lawson’s Kingdom of Restored Glory," 8 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of braid

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for braid

Verb

Middle English breyden to move suddenly, snatch, plait, from Old English bregdan; akin to Old High German brettan to draw (a sword)

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braid

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braided rug

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braid

verb

English Language Learners Definition of braid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to form (something, such as hair) into a braid : to weave together (three or more strands or parts of something)

braid

noun

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

: an arrangement of hair made by weaving three sections together

: a piece of cord or ribbon made of three or more strands woven together

braid

verb
\ˈbrād \
braided; braiding

Kids Definition of braid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to weave three strands together She braided her hair.

braid

noun

Kids Definition of braid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a length of cord, ribbon, or hair formed of three or more strands woven together

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