\ ˈbrād How to pronounce braid (audio) \
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



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


braider noun

Synonyms for braid

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Lucinda Kokarin, 19, is learning how to braid in cosmetology class. Anchorage Daily News, "An old Anchorage hotel has been transformed into a school for Southwest Alaska students to take technical and college classes," 11 Apr. 2021 While bees, birds, and ants swarm together to mate or protect themselves against predators, these worms are able to braid themselves together to accomplish tasks that unconnected individuals can’t handle. Eric Niiler, Wired, "Researchers Are Studying These Worm Blobs to Build Robots," 17 Feb. 2021 Cox gave the example of an old Utah law that required anyone who was paid to braid hair to go to beauty school and log hundreds of hours to obtain a license. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox is sworn in as Utah’s 18th governor," 4 Jan. 2021 Electrons also braid, but researchers weren’t certain the much weaker charge of anyons would exhibit the same behavior. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This Incredible Particle Only Arises in Two Dimensions," 18 Dec. 2020 In the early 14th century, four children witness a murder in the forest, an event that will braid their lives together by love, greed, and revenge. Monitor Readers, The Christian Science Monitor, "Bite-size book reviews: Fiction our readers loved in 2020," 18 Dec. 2020 Simply braid your hair halfway down, stopping at the crown of your head. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "21 Stunning Cornrow Styles to Save to Your Hair Moodboard," 2 Dec. 2020 The horses are usually released in an enclosed area such as Robbins Lodge, and owners often braid name tags into their horse’s mane or spray paint their phone numbers on their side. Brooke Baitinger,, "Eta’s floodwaters drowned horse barns in South Florida. Now owners are scrambling to find dry land.," 13 Nov. 2020 Some of the twists and turns to braid the story strands together are a bit belabored, and Dornan’s Dennis is saddled with a rather basic family storyline that isn’t nearly as compelling as Steve’s journey. Katie Walsh,, "'Synchronic’ review: A unique, sci-fi-tinged drama rooted in real-world stakes and emotion," 20 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In one selfie, the actress showed off her sleek hair braid, winged liner makeup and green eyeshadow. Naledi Ushe,, "Joe Jonas Gushes Over His ‘Show Stopping’ Wife Sophie Turner, Referencing Lady Gaga Video," 6 Apr. 2021 As glowing as ever, Angela Bassett wore a long, serpentine braid that fell all the way to the hips, while Laverne Cox had her platinum lengths woven into a duo of milkmaid braids, pairing the timeless hairstyle with a glossy raspberry pout. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Looks from the 2021 Golden Globes," 1 Mar. 2021 This includes an Easter pastry fundraiser with participants having the opportunity to purchase a butter braid and cake roll, as well as a cinnamon or caramel roll for their holiday celebration. John Benson, cleveland, "North Olmsted Senior Center schedules Easter pastry and St. Patrick’s Day lunch to-go fundraisers," 3 Mar. 2021 Restricting braid sizes to something that's very tiny can put unnecessary tension on your hair and scalp and cause health issues down the road, such as traction alopecia. Paulina Jayne Isaac, Glamour, "The U.S. Air Force Will Now Allow Long Braids and Ponytails for Women," 26 Jan. 2021 Golde founder Trinity Mouzon shared a video of her soothing braid routine, reminding followers how meditative the process can be. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Lizzo, Sasha Lane, and More," 17 Jan. 2021 For example, one single braid will provide thicker individual waves while separating the hair into two or three braids will provide a higher volume of thinner waves or curls. Lauren Farrell,, "How to get curly hair," 20 Mar. 2021 The sleek, ultra-long braid was basically a two-in-one. Blake Newby, Essence, "Let's Talk About Angela Bassett's Braid At The Golden Globes Awards," 28 Feb. 2021 But of course, for Hazzard, love and power form an intricate braid. New York Times, "A Modern Classic Addresses Elemental Questions About Love and Power," 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of braid


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


1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for braid


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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17 Apr 2021

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“Braid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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)



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

chiefly US : an arrangement of hair made by weaving three sections together
: a piece of cord or ribbon made of three or more strands woven together


\ ˈbrād How to pronounce braid (audio) \
braided; braiding

Kids Definition of braid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to weave three strands together She braided her hair.



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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