\ 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

plait, plat, pleat

Synonyms: Noun

lace, lacing, plait, plat

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Examples of braid in a Sentence


She braids her hair every morning. they taught each other how to braid yarn into bracelets


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

Just days after Coachella, where Jenner reinvented the festival braid with a series of charms hanging from her single waist-grazing plait, the beauty mogul is taking her hair down. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Takes Her Hair to Extreme New Lengths on Instagram," 24 Apr. 2019 Attia braided the hair with red roses of all sizes with red, gold, and purple ribbons interwoven throughout. Catie L'heureux, The Cut, "Jasmine Sanders Wore Real Roses in a Braid at the Met Gala," 7 May 2018 Simply braid your hair into two (or more!) braids, sleep on it and remove the braids in the morning. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "17 Genius Curly Hair Tips and Tricks," 1 Dec. 2017 Courtesy of Carly Leahy My hair is usually braided off to the side for ease. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "What I Wear to Work: Carly Leahy, Co-Founder of Modern Fertility," 8 Apr. 2019 These braided together have lead to the marginalization of native, black, and brown communities, generation after generation. Rachel Elizabeth Cargle, Harper's BAZAAR, "Megyn Kelly's "Blackface" Comments Reveal a Larger Truth About Appropriation," 30 Oct. 2018 As for the rest of her hair, Appleton braided in XL extensions to give her a braid that reaches past her waistline. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Jennifer Lopez Shows Off Her "Bronx Barbie" Look and Baby Hair on Instagram," 8 Oct. 2018 The story of Sol’s tour is braided with a love story. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "Pedaling Uphill, on a Bike and in a Marriage," 18 June 2018 At the same time, a young girl’s hair is braided by her mom on what looks like the first day of school, another teenager cuts her own bangs in the mirror, and one preps for prom. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez’s New Pantene Commercial is Basically a Music Video," 9 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

If the Prada runway beauty look from today's fall 2019 show is to be taken literally, then long, ultra-glossy braids are in for next season and eyebrows are out. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid, Cara Delevingne, and Kaia Gerber Just Walked The Prada Runway Without Eyebrows," 22 Feb. 2019 My last style, box braids inspired by Rihanna's 2015 cover of i-D, cost about $200. Lindsey Caldwell, Glamour, "My $15 Online Pilates Class Is the Best Thing I Spend Money On," 8 Oct. 2018 The ponytail was then twisted into a rope braid, coated in more Star Glow, wrapped into a chignon, and pinned in place. Sophia Panych, Allure, "M.A.C. Just Launched a Collection With Brandon Maxwell at the Designer’s Tailgate-Themed Runway Show," 9 Sep. 2018 The pair shared a tender embrace backstage, and despite reports of health problems in recent years, Mitchell looked terrific with her hair fixed in an exquisite fishtail braid. Mark Shanahan,, "A reunion for Joni and JT," 4 June 2018 In the first image, Dany's hair is pulled back into her traditional braided half-up style—a braid for every victory in battle. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Did You Catch This Major Hair Mistake in the Game of Thrones Premiere?," 17 Apr. 2019 Starting at the front and top, create a three-strand braid. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "17 Genius Curly Hair Tips and Tricks," 1 Dec. 2017 Mesmerizingly intricate basketweave braids stole the show at Atlien, and at Thom Browne, hair skirted the notion of traditional plaits altogether with lopsided, gravity-defying rolled twists. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 6 Beauty Lessons To Steal Right Now From Paris Fashion Week," 3 Oct. 2018 This year, there was no shortage of popping twist-outs, fluffy 'fros, bright wigs, perfectly blended sew-ins, gorgeous locs, and intricate braids., "Half A Million People Went To Essence Festival — & These 25 Looks Stood Out," 10 July 2018

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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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braided rug


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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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