\ 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 My marlin combo is an Accurate Valiant 1000 2-Speed filled with about 700 yards of 80-pound braid with a topshot of 80-pound Diamond mono and 15 feet of 100-pound fluorocarbon with a 13/0 in-line circle hook. Ben Duchesney, Outdoor Life, "Kayak Angler Catches Record 500-Pound Marlin––Again," 6 Feb. 2020 In Lakota homes, the turnips are often braided and dried for use throughout the winter. New York Times, "Sean Sherman’s 10 Essential Native American Recipes," 7 Nov. 2019 Spooked, the big grizzly vanished into alder thickets above a valley braided with creeks and falls. Los Angeles Times, "This Alaska mine could generate $1 billion a year. Is it worth the risk to salmon?," 23 Oct. 2019 Police described the third person as a black man with long braided hair in a ponytail who wore a white T-shirt and dark-colored pants. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "Dallas police searching for 3 possible suspects in Uptown shootings on Pearl Street," 30 Jan. 2020 Bronisław Malinowski, Polish-born and British-trained, had established the model, settling by himself for several years among the Trobriand Islanders during World War I and publishing a book about them that braided together observation and theory. Kwame Anthony Appiah, The New York Review of Books, "The Key to All Mythologies," 28 Jan. 2020 First, consider spooling up with a thin-diameter braided main line, rather than monofilament or fluorocarbon. Outdoor Life, "5 Bluegill Facts That Will Help You Catch More Fish," 27 Jan. 2020 Inside the ballistic nylon sheath is a pouch with a steel match, and the knife is equipped with a wrist loop of braided paracord that unravels to over 20 feet. Field & Stream, "The Best Hunting and Fishing Gear of the Decade," 27 Dec. 2019 Teenage girls occupied the next block of seats, singing to Beyoncé and braiding one another’s hair. Michael Powell, New York Times, "A Season on the Rez," 6 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The day might smash that perception in a few ways — Sam Danen, a brewer for Company Brewing who is more identified by her braids than a non-existent beard, will lead the brew session. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Black Husky hosts women of the brewing community and throws a party for the occasion," 10 Feb. 2020 Meanwhile, Blue Ivy hopped happily around the sidelines in a mini motorcycle jacket, combat boots and her long braids in cornrows. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, "The Carter Family Stepped Out at Super Bowl 54 in Stylish Fits: See the New Pics," 3 Feb. 2020 There’s the town librarian, with his Willy Nelson braids who smells of pot and patchouli oil. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "Best-selling author of ‘cozy’ mysteries sets new series in small-town Alaska," 26 Jan. 2020 Her all white look for the Ralph & Russo Spring/Summer Haute Couture show was a winter showstopper, including the beautiful pearl headband that adorned her box braids. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Get Gabrielle Union’s Romantic Paris Fashion Week Hair With These Pearl Headbands," 22 Jan. 2020 The move proves what so many black women have been saying for decades, that locs, twists, and braids are just as business-appropriate as a bouncy blowout. Glamour, "Our Favorite Glamour Stories of 2019," 28 Dec. 2019 As the track reaches its end point, the musician snaps around the long sleek braid that’s been added to her hair, shortly before her stylist steps in to reconfigure it for the next take. Marcus Jones,, "Behind the scenes of Alicia Keys' dreamy, roller skating-inspired 'Time Machine' video," 20 Nov. 2019 My braids are not reins, I should be treated with dignity, as should everyone else. Georgia Slater,, "Native American Woman Calls Out TSA Agent for Pulling On Her Braids and Saying ‘Giddyup’," 17 Jan. 2020 Kravitz's choice to exchange her waist-grazing braids for the gamine chop was a decidedly strong one, though par for the course for the actress, who parted ways with her lengths back in 2017—and switched her raven for a peroxide dye job. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Let Zoë Kravitz’s Fresh Pixie Be Your Holiday Hair Inspiration," 27 Nov. 2019

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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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18 Feb 2020

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“Braid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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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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