braid

verb
\ 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

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

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 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, sun-sentinel.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "'Synchronic’ review: A unique, sci-fi-tinged drama rooted in real-world stakes and emotion," 20 Oct. 2020 Section off four pieces of hair from ear to ear and braid each. Chelsea Hall, Marie Claire, "Oh, Baby!," 5 Oct. 2020 Thee Stalli shared more photos of her lengthy, twisty braid with her Instagram hotties on the same day. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "Megan Thee Stallion’s Corkscrew Braid Is Longer Than a CVS Receipt," 23 Sep. 2020 My mom would French-braid my dark brown hair and pluck out my grays at a very young age. Heather Muir Maffei, Health.com, "8 Real Women Reveal How They Learned to Embrace Their Gray Hair," 16 Sep. 2020 Shape strand into a spiral or braid the challah into a round shape. Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Treats symbolize hope for sweetness as Jewish community prepares for a socially distant Rosh Hashanah," 12 Sep. 2020 Starting from the top, braid your hair into two sections. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "9 Super Cute Box Braid Hairstyles That Will Truly Have You Feelin' Yourself," 8 July 2020 With that, the mono-to-braid transition era has helped many anglers to hone their skills. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "How To Catch a 50-Pound Striper From The Surf," 22 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Think about the meaning of the two-foot braid that drapes down his back, a show of pride in his heritage. Wayne Drehs, National Geographic, "The Iroquois’ quest to compete in Olympic lacrosse: ‘It’s more than a game to us.’," 17 Nov. 2020 This makes his conversation a singular braid of show-biz anecdotes and social-activist exhortations. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "What Makes the Difference Between Getting Out of Prison and Staying Out?," 9 Nov. 2020 Jade Williams, an Oakland School for the Arts fashion design student, carefully crisscrossed each strand of hair until the long braid was finished. Tony Bravo, SFChronicle.com, "Riders bring an African-based 'Black Panther' salute to Sunnydale," 31 Oct. 2020 The look would have been completed with a beaver fur top hat with gold braid. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "The life and coat of Tilghman Davis, who drove for the same Maryland family in slavery and freedom," 22 Oct. 2020 Shayk’s hair is worn in a Lara Croft-esque braid, and her makeup is Euphoria-inspired. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, "Here’s A Sneak Peek Of Lizzo, Willow Smith, & More At Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Show," 1 Oct. 2020 The corkscrew braid, as her hairstylist Kellon Deryck calls it, falls way below Megan's waist, reaching past her knees. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "Megan Thee Stallion’s Corkscrew Braid Is Longer Than a CVS Receipt," 23 Sep. 2020 And while the ends of each braid may have initially appeared to culminate in a burst of plumage, the real finishers were simple knots, replacing hair bands with an additional ounce of texture. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Yara Shahidi’s Emmy Awards Beauty Included an Eye-Catching Optical Illusion," 21 Sep. 2020 Her bright red hair was in a French braid, a deep blue velvet blanket tucked around her frail body. Anchorage Daily News, "Her stepfather admitted to sexually abusing her. That wasn’t enough to keep her safe.," 18 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of braid was before the 12th century

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18 Nov 2020

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“Braid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/braid. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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More Definitions for braid

braid

verb
How to pronounce braid (audio)

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)

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

braid

verb
\ 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.

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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