braid·​ed | \ˈbrā-dəd \

Definition of braided 

1a : made by intertwining three or more strands

b : ornamented with braid

2 : forming an interlacing network of channels a braided river

Examples of braided in a Sentence

a hat with braided trim

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Do the same for your ice maker hookup on your refrigerator and replace the cheap plastic tubing with a braided stainless line. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "Install Leak Detectors to Save Yourself From Water Damage," 20 Oct. 2016 The actress completed her look with strappy heels, drop earrings and her hair in a braided updo framing her face. Stephanie Petit,, "Emily Blunt and John Krasinski Coordinate in Black and White for Date Night at Charity Gala," 10 July 2018 The braided bowl cuts of the Hamar Ethiopians, for example, are particularly inspiring to Batchelor, who recently added a braiding specialist to the staff. Leilani Marie Labong,, "At the Culture of Hair salon, the mission is top of mind — and head," 5 July 2018 Her hair was pulled back into two braided ponytails. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Teen from Ypsilanti Twp. disappears; mom, grandma get ransom note," 22 June 2018 Standout pieces from Solomon’s latest collection include braided wedding bands inspired by sweetgrass, available in a variety of finishes from sterling silver to 18-karat gold. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "How 6 Indigenous Designers Are Using Fashion to Reclaim Their Culture," 30 May 2018 Their hair has been pulled into identical, tightly braided ponytails, presumably to emphasize them as mirror images of each other, but also to avoid the distractions of stray locks falling into their faces. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: In the Relationships in ‘Singlet,’ One and One Make One," 20 May 2018 Hefner wore a cerulean blue gown with cutouts and glitter accents, styling her hair in a loose, braided chignon. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Texas teens take prom photos at Whataburger," 23 May 2018 Watch the video above and read the instructions below to learn how to make a simple braided towel toy for your dog. Stephanie Eckelkamp, Good Housekeeping, "How To Make A Tug Toy For Your Dog From Old Towels," 9 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of braided

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of braided

: formed with three or more parts woven together

: decorated with a piece of cord or ribbon made of three or more strands woven together : decorated with braid

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