braid·​ed | \ ˈbrā-dəd How to pronounce braided (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web Spool your reel with ultra-thin braided line in the 4- to 8-pound test to feel every vibration of the lure and to insure positive hook-sets in deep water. Steve Ryan, Outdoor Life, "10 Tips for Catching Giant Bluegills This Summer," 2 July 2020 Grinding stones, a bone sharpened into a tool and 4,000-year-old braided hair were among almost 7,000 relics that had been discovered at the site, according to CNN affiliate 7News. Angus Watson And Ben Westcott, CNN, "Rio Tinto apologizes for blowing up 46,000-year-old sacred indigenous site in Australia's Pilbara region," 1 June 2020 Her glam also features a black lip, sculptured x-shaped braided hair style and a gold crown to top it off. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Barbie Collaborates With Basquiat For World Art Day," 15 Apr. 2020 The spool is textured so that it can be loaded up with braided line with no slippage, and the rocket spool lip design and line management system make for easy casting. Joe Cermele, Outdoor Life, "Tackle Test: The Best New Fishing Rods and Reels for 2020, Ranked and Rated," 23 Mar. 2020 The pic featured Kim in a strange mummy-like white dress with no sleeves to speak of and sported her then-blonde hair in a braided style. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West is Being Called Out for Wearing Braids (Again)," 3 Mar. 2020 The braided channels that were shaped by the flooding river have remained imprinted in the delta near the river’s mouth by the Gulf of California. Ian James,, "How a trickle of water is breathing life into the parched Colorado River Delta," 19 Apr. 2020 The ruched costumes in Italian Renaissance paintings reminded him of the braided T-shirts sold in beach towns. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Telfar Clemens’s Mass Appeal," 9 Mar. 2020 There was an array of hairstyles from floor-length braided ponytails, Bantu knots, and finger waves; styles that are worn and recognized in the Black culture. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "Teen Vogue Generation Next Alum Tia Adeola Debuted at New York Fashion Week 2020," 9 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of braided

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

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11 Jul 2020

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“Braided.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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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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