\ 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

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 Ideal conventional tackle is medium-light spinning or casting rods, matching reels with quality 15-pound test braid and/or fusion lines and a 2-foot leader of 20-pound fluorocarbon or monofilament to try to prevent cutoffs from the toothy pickerel. Bill May,, 21 Nov. 2021 Phil does still braid the promised rope for Peter, using hides that Peter has cut off a dead cow out on the trail. Brandon Taylor, The New Yorker, 19 Nov. 2021 The first episode, for instance, revolves around young Colin’s desire to braid his hair like Allen Iverson. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 25 Oct. 2021 His dancers brought it, too, with twerking, braid whipping and splits to boot. Joe Lynch, Billboard, 23 Sep. 2021 Most anglers fish the rigs on light spinning gear, typically 8 to 12 pound braid with a length of 8 to 10 pound test clear fluorocarbon leader running to the bait. Frank Sargeant, al, 10 Oct. 2021 Do not braid or fold the leaves; gather them with garden twine to prevent splaying. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, 20 Sep. 2021 Most anglers choose 5000-size spinning reels loaded with 20- to 30-pound test braid to chase kings, with a 7.5 to 8 foot medium heavy rod to pump them in, though those who want to cast lures go with somewhat lighter rigs. Frank Sargeant, al, 15 Sep. 2021 With a large scarf, try a few folds and braid it into your hair. WSJ, 27 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun It's made by weaving nine strands of rope ($5, Joann) with red ribbon then hot-gluing the braid to a flat wreath form. Kim Hutchison And Jessica Thomas, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Nov. 2021 See: the Marathon bar, my childhood favorite, a braid of caramel dipped in chocolate., 2 Nov. 2021 Add 18 inches of 15 to 20 pound test mono leader tied in with a double uniknot to keep the treble hooks from tangling the flexible braid. Frank Sargeant, al, 24 Oct. 2021 Our favorite part may just be the braid wrapped around the ponytail's base. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 30 Aug. 2021 For that outing, Lively opted for a white-and-navy checkered dress paired with a long navy cardigan and white boots, and wore her hair in a loose side braid. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Oct. 2021 Her hair was done in a low bun with a braid, and her shoes were clear stiletto heels. Hannah Chubb,, 23 Oct. 2021 Orders are being taken for butter braid or cake rolls as a fundraiser for the North Olmsted Senior Center. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 13 Oct. 2021 The uniform has a dark blue coat with a short, upturned collar, silver braid at the cuffs and a diagonal row of silver buttons, CNN reported. Leada Gore |, al, 21 Sep. 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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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)

: 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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