\ 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 Marian should wear her red, braided extensions for the shoot. Mirna Alsharif, CNN, "Michigan 8-year-old gets photo shoot after being denied school picture for her hair extensions," 19 Nov. 2019 The video takes us into a variety of holographic dome dance halls, but through it all, Gomez retains a high, braided ponytail with a mix of brown and platinum hues. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Selena Gomez's Two-Tone Braid Is So Simple to Recreate," 28 Oct. 2019 In late September experts taught a Milwaukee class: how to make a good challah — both round and braided types. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ahead of Judaism's holiest day of the year, Wisconsin Jewish leaders reflect on Yom Kippur's traditions, significance," 6 Oct. 2019 Five-year-old daughter Nya likes her hair braided a certain way, and Myhre was focused on getting it right. NBC News, "Natural hair movement takes root for multiracial families with adopted children," 9 Oct. 2019 The 6-week-old squirrels also had broken bones in their tails, which had been braided together symmetrically, the outlet reported. Ashley Boucher,, "4 Baby Squirrels Found with Their Tails Braided Together and Vets Believe It's Animal Abuse," 23 Sep. 2019 Kamora’s Cultural Corner, directed by Herrington, who is a longtime Hartford resident and advocate, is giving new life to the Kabballah House, a former dance hall, sandwiched between Pampi’s Jamaican restaurant and a hair-braiding shop. Kaitlin Mccallum,, "Kamora’s Cultural Corner bridges a divide between black, queer and intercultural communities," 4 Sep. 2019 Organize your home office with convenient charging cables Anker's braided Powerline+ charging cables are a personal favorite. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "The 5 best Amazon deals you can get right now," 22 Jan. 2018 The pair both rocked a few coats of mascara, glossy lips, and slicked back buns: Jorja’s piecy, and Rina’s cobalt and braided. Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Beyoncé, Jorja Smith, Rina Sawayama, and More," 9 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the images, Stormi wears her hair in her dad's signature box braids, with clear beads at the ends. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Stormi Webster Adorably Styles Her Hair Just Like Her Dad, Travis Scott," 18 Nov. 2019 The law would bar the majority-minority suburb from discriminating against hairstyles including braids, locks, Afros, curls and twists., "This Maryland county may ban discrimination against natural hair styles," 18 Oct. 2019 With a mission to create a sustainable, electricity-free style at Gabriela Hearst, hairstylist James Pecis braided a commanding high-gloss rope braid, no heat-styling necessary. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Top 7 Beauty Trends From the Spring 2020 Runways," 8 Oct. 2019 People of color have been forced to regard natural and popular hairstyles — such as bantu knots, box braids, cornrows, dreadlocks, or Afros — as liabilities in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. Sharon Coolidge,, "'Your hair is your identity.' Cincinnati could be first city to outlaw discrimination based on natural hair.," 2 Oct. 2019 There was a knit dress that was glittery and knee-length while the model wore tights with purple heels and two French braids, à la Jules from Euphoria. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "Marc Jacobs’s NYFW 2019 Runway Show Was All About the Joy of Dressing Up," 12 Sep. 2019 The dress was the perfect shade of olive green with braid detailing along the cuffs and waistband. Michelle Li, Teen Vogue, "How to Recreate Gigi Hadid's Chic Sweater-Dress Fit From the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Event," 5 Nov. 2019 Big redfish, over 20 pounds, also come and go at the pier—most anglers who want to tangle with them rely on a live pinfish, single-hooked through the back, and use 50-pound-test braid on medium heavy spinning gear. Frank Sargeant, al, "Looking for a new fishing hole? Catch the bite along Alabama’s Gulf Coast," 3 Nov. 2019 Eva Baisey is a formidable presence, with long, striking purplish braids woven by her daughter. oregonlive, "The tragic, redemptive journey of one human heart," 5 Oct. 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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The first known use of braid was before the 12th century

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25 Nov 2019

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“Braid.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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