\ 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

Other Words from braid


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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Patients still can't believe that ER nurse Brooke Johns will brush and braid their hair without ever glancing at the clock. Zulekha Nathoo, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2022 The star wore her hair in a sleek long braid with black and silver hairpieces heightening the do. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 May 2022 One day last spring, Jett Hawkins, 5, asked his mom to braid his hair for him. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2022 Each of the ten hour-long episodes directed by Susanne Bier skip back and forth in time to braid their three disparate arcs together, with captions and snippets of archival footage to situate us in time and place. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Apr. 2022 After seeing her mother’s friend braid her older sister’s hair, Davette Mabrie took up the craft at 14. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Mar. 2022 Kateryna, pale-faced and with a girlish side-braid in her hair, even seemed to take some pleasure in it, often pulling out her phone to show a picture of this or that calamity. The New Yorker, 2 Mar. 2022 Because the fish have to be lifted up to the span to land, heavy tackle is standard, with many anglers using 50- to 60-pound test braid on 8′ heavy action spinning tackle to control them. Frank Sargeant, al, 1 Dec. 2021 The red lips, the rope braid, the gold hoops—it’s an unmistakable combination that’s all her own, three decades and counting. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 16 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Instead, opt for a quick slick back braid or extension ponytail that can be added or removed quickly. Jailynn Taylor, Essence, 22 June 2022 During Sunday's Grammys, Baldwin posed alongside her husband, 28, in a white silk strapless Saint Laurent gown teamed with a romantic loose braid and multi-strand necklace. Vanessa Etienne,, 5 Apr. 2022 But underneath, her long, wavy black braid trails behind her, which would be no less glamorous were it allowed to fly free. Inkoo Kang, Washington Post, 8 June 2022 The key to a flawless braid install is preparation. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 30 May 2022 Back in grade school, I was teased for oiling my hair and always wearing a braid. Maliya Naz, Allure, 8 Feb. 2022 Alicia Keys proved a ponytail is far from casual with her serpentine braid trailing behind her skyline-themed Ralph Lauren dress. Anna Haines, Forbes, 3 May 2022 The dancer wore an ultra-long braid with a sheer custom black mini dress from luxury brand Blumarine. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 2 May 2022 Her neat braid is affixed with the symbolic white bow. Lane Sainty, The Arizona Republic, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for braid


\ 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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