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

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 Smart Whips Already summoning the need for a craft store outing, the inspiring results of these string-wound ponytails are sure to become the adult alternative to friendship bracelet braiding this season. Vogue, "Dior Just Served Up 5 Striking Hair Ideas for the July Fourth Weekend," 2 July 2018 They were forged by twisting rods of iron, a process that left unique herringbone and braided patterns in the blades. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Luzia,’’ wearing a style of dress and hair braid similar to that of the legendary Mexican artist Frida Kalho. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "A Cirque du Soleil show that’s as interested in ‘Ahh’ as ‘Wow’," 29 June 2018 Standing on the front lawn, outside the crowd’s perimeter, Jesenia in one of her Jesenia dresses, a white one with big yellow flowers, her hair parted down the middle, braided. Longreads, "La Otra," 26 June 2018 Kardashian West, with her hair braided into cornrows, paired a glittering silver sequined skirt with a white a crop top, while the family matriarch, 62, opted for the white double-breasted blazer and black pants. Mike Miller, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner Have a Girls Night Out at MTV Movie & TV Awards as Kylie Bails," 16 June 2018 The Chinese were seen as strange, dressed in unfamiliar clothes, their hair woven into a single long braid, known as a queue. Jeff Gammage, Philly.com, "When past is present: New documentary explores harsh treatment of Chinese immigrants," 25 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her pigtails were perfect, each plaited into a tight, long braid and secured with a ribbon. Longreads, "La Otra," 26 June 2018 In 2015 and 2016, Delevingne was still sporting long, dark-blonde hair, which Roszak worked into loose braids and sculpted, retro styles. Marci Robin, Allure, "Hairstylist Mara Roszak Reveals the Secrets Behind Cara Delevingne's Coolest Looks," 19 June 2018 Finally, the last one in line makes the braid that turns the finished product into a handbag. Time, "Why Venezuelan Migrants Are Making Handbags Out of Worthless Banknotes," 7 May 2018 Also noticed was that women's hair was heavy on the metal with thin strands of silvery metal wire woven into long braids on some and gold leaf shellacked like a helmet on others. Adam Tschorn, latimes.com, "Coachella fashion: glitter, glow and those prints worn by men stand out during festival's first weekend," 17 Apr. 2018 If anything, my daughter was so excited to see me get matching braids with her. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Tries to Explain Why She Wore Cornrow Braids Again," 22 June 2018 Black women have bene targeted for wearing their hair in afros, unstraightened buns, and box braids. Brooklyn White, Teen Vogue, "Supreme Court Decides to Not Hear Lawsuit From Woman Who Lost a Job Offer Over Locs Hairstyle," 24 May 2018 For example, until 2014, the U.S. military banned a number of common Black hairstyles, including cornrows and braids. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Chastity Jones’s lawyers argue that racial stereotypes can be evidence of job discrimination.," 18 Apr. 2018 Our daughters have always had long, dark hair – down to their waists – that my wife loves to put into ponytails or braids. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Was grandparents’ choice to have girls’ hair cut off racist?," 6 Apr. 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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braided rug

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More Definitions for braid

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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