variants or Braille
: a system of writing for the blind that uses characters made up of raised dots
braille transitive verb
brailled; brailling
braillist noun

Illustration of braille

Illustration of braille
  • braille alphabet

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Example Sentences

a book made available in braille
Recent Examples on the Web Packaging can be made easier to open for those with limited joint mobility and/or more accessible for those with limited vision by incorporating braille or raised lettering. James Kinney, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 About 50,000 braille ballots were cast in last year's election. Eric Bradner, CNN, 14 June 2021 In the United States, one in four adults lives with some form of disability, but parks don't have the infrastructure to physically accommodate [that]—they lack braille, audio features, guide ropes, or wheelchair-accessible trails. Ashley Mateo,, 27 May 2021 The braille is the second controversy that the FDR memorial has faced since it was built. Abigail Abrams, Time, 2 Mar. 2021 In fact, the braille on the monument is almost completely unreadable—and has remained that way since the sculptures were installed in 1997. Abigail Abrams, Time, 2 Mar. 2021 The school provided a braille display to transcribe text, a Perkins Brailler for writing and an embossing machine to print. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Sep. 2020 The braille bricks are the latest in a series of new offerings from LEGO. Alexis Benveniste, CNN, 6 Aug. 2020 Count crocheting and braille as other skills Lima-Marin picked up in prison. Sam Tabachnik, The Denver Post, 23 Feb. 2020 See More

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Word History


Louis Braille

First Known Use

1853, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of braille was in 1853

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Cite this Entry

“Braille.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition



often capitalized
: a system of printing for the blind in which the letters are represented by raised dots

Medical Definition

often capitalized
: a system of writing for the blind that uses characters made up of raised dots

Biographical Definition


biographical name

ˈbrāl How to pronounce Braille (audio)
Louis 1809–1852 French blind teacher of the blind

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