\ 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

They were then wrapped and braided with leather all the way down — a project that took as many as five stylists on a single model. Marci Robin, Allure, "The Intricate Hairstyles at the Alexander Wang #Collection12020 Show Were All Created With Drugstore Products," 1 June 2019 The Look: For a fresh twist, Missoni accentuates her classic braided updo with a glinting silver tiara. Vogue, "The Best Wedding Hair Styles of All Time, From Brigitte Bardot to Diana Ross," 26 Apr. 2019 His hair was braided into a tight, narrow pony tail down to the middle of his back. Michael Todd, The Mercury News, "Santa Cruz District Attorney asks court to keep child predator in state hospital," 19 June 2019 Strands in three dimensions most definitely can get tangled up, as anyone who has braided hair knows. Quanta Magazine, "Inside the Knotty World of ‘Anyon’ Particles," 28 Feb. 2017 Selena even nailed the hairdo, donning loose braided pigtails just like Jennifer did in the movie. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Wore the Ultimate 90s Outfit While out in Los Angeles," 27 May 2019 The cowrie shells braided into her hair were a nice touch, too. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "Solange and Princess Nokia Had the Sweetest Post-Met Party Moment," 7 May 2019 Parents deposited their kids at Main Street’s Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre for free Saturday morning cartoons before loading up on wiffle-bat-sized stalks of rhubarb, braided garlic and lush greens. Matthew Kronsberg, WSJ, "A Getaway to the ‘Tuscany of America’," 27 July 2018 Atlantis's hair features a French braid sprayed green and an Ariel doll placed inside the top. Elizabeth Denton, Allure, "The Internet Is Obsessed With This Little Girl’s Viral Little Mermaid Braid," 25 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her makeup was done by Sonia Kiani (@foreveruntamed), and her long locks — styled by @Farahwiththegoodhair — were both pulled back into a braid and curled. Natalie Stone,, "Gretchen Rossi Shows Off Her 9-Month Baby Bump in 'Romantic' Photo Shoot Days Before Due Date," 3 July 2019 Proof arrived when 11-year-old Serenity Moore got her first Vee’s cut, a trim of her long hair that was then styled into a princess-like fishtail braid. René A. Guzman,, "The Jefferson-area salon cutting and curling for 71 years, Vee’s Hair and Spa," 26 June 2019 Ashley, whose hair was in a French braid, hovered next to her mom. Alice Driver, Longreads, "Oh, Girl!," 20 June 2019 The woman brushed back a braid and shuffled to his chair. Alden Woods, azcentral, "Stories of Eastlake Park help a community regain past, look to future," 19 June 2019 But Aniston’s Audrey wears her hair in a loose braid and focuses on putting foil into her client’s hair. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "How Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler subtly spoof themselves in Netflix's 'Murder Mystery'," 14 June 2019 The bride wore her hair in a long braid with gold ribbon woven throughout, surrounded by fresh jasmine. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "The Bride Wore a Red Lehenga, then a Vivienne Westwood Gown at This Indian-English Wedding," 23 May 2019 To compliment that, Taylor kept the rest of her look clean and simple, pushing her hair back in a loose braid while emphasizing her bangs. Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Stuns In a Periwinkle Ruffle Mini Dress on the Billboard Music Awards Red Carpet," 1 May 2019 Some African American women who don't have natural or protective hairstyles like braids can find swimming onerous. Byron Mccauley,, "The fatal drowning rate for black kids is stark. History is part of that.," 13 June 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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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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