\ 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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braider noun

Synonyms for braid

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Remove faded blooms, but do not braid or tie leaves. Washington Post, "A garden design expert’s new book offers a peek at some of Europe’s finest outdoor spaces," 5 May 2021 Roberson put forth a unique take on the butterfly braid, crafting a mohawk version. Chanté Griffin, Marie Claire, "Hair as Art," 28 Feb. 2021 Lucinda Kokarin, 19, is learning how to braid in cosmetology class. Anchorage Daily News, "An old Anchorage hotel has been transformed into a school for Southwest Alaska students to take technical and college classes," 11 Apr. 2021 While bees, birds, and ants swarm together to mate or protect themselves against predators, these worms are able to braid themselves together to accomplish tasks that unconnected individuals can’t handle. Eric Niiler, Wired, "Researchers Are Studying These Worm Blobs to Build Robots," 17 Feb. 2021 Cox gave the example of an old Utah law that required anyone who was paid to braid hair to go to beauty school and log hundreds of hours to obtain a license. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox is sworn in as Utah’s 18th governor," 4 Jan. 2021 Electrons also braid, but researchers weren’t certain the much weaker charge of anyons would exhibit the same behavior. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "This Incredible Particle Only Arises in Two Dimensions," 18 Dec. 2020 In the early 14th century, four children witness a murder in the forest, an event that will braid their lives together by love, greed, and revenge. Monitor Readers, The Christian Science Monitor, "Bite-size book reviews: Fiction our readers loved in 2020," 18 Dec. 2020 Simply braid your hair halfway down, stopping at the crown of your head. Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "21 Stunning Cornrow Styles to Save to Your Hair Moodboard," 2 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There is no minimum length for a ponytail or braid. Chandelis Duster, CNN, "US Army will allow female soldiers to wear ponytails in all uniforms," 6 May 2021 Rocking an all-black-and-blue ensemble — latex bodysuit, fishnets, combat boots, spiked accessories — and swinging a bright-blue braid, Black heads out the door. Gabrielle Sanchez, Vulture, "9 Influences on Rebecca Black’s Reinvention, From Madonna to the ‘Friday’ Hate," 23 Apr. 2021 Camila Cabello is giving off major princess vibes with this super romantic braid. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "18 Graduation Hairstyles That Will Still Look Cute Under Your Grad Cap," 23 Apr. 2021 Straight Tail worm in Alabama Craw, both rigged on a shaky-head jig with 10 pound fluorocarbon leader and 15 pound braid. Frank Sargeant, al, "Alabama Bass Trail teams turn up big catches at Lake Wheeler," 14 Apr. 2021 This viral video by the account House of Keto exploded over the internet last week, sending thousands of curious minds to braid and twist their bacon strips prior to baking. Flora Tsapovsky, Southern Living, "This Viral Cooking Trick Is the Secret to the Crispiest Bacon," 23 Apr. 2021 One braid on the side or two braids, one on each side, will make a splash. Megan Oster,, "How to style short hair," 10 Apr. 2021 In one selfie, the actress showed off her sleek hair braid, winged liner makeup and green eyeshadow. Naledi Ushe,, "Joe Jonas Gushes Over His ‘Show Stopping’ Wife Sophie Turner, Referencing Lady Gaga Video," 6 Apr. 2021 As glowing as ever, Angela Bassett wore a long, serpentine braid that fell all the way to the hips, while Laverne Cox had her platinum lengths woven into a duo of milkmaid braids, pairing the timeless hairstyle with a glossy raspberry pout. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Looks from the 2021 Golden Globes," 1 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of braid was before the 12th century

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11 May 2021

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“Braid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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