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Definition of snood

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a Scotland : a fillet or band for a woman's hair
b : a net or fabric bag pinned or tied on at the back of a woman's head for holding the hair
2 : snell
3 : a fleshy protuberance at the base of the bill of a turkey


snooded; snooding; snoods

Definition of snood (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to secure with a snood

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snood 1b

In the meaning defined above

Examples of snood in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun And this wasn’t some snood-for-brains 2-year-old either, but a mature 25-pound gobbler. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "Great Stories: The Anniversary Tom," 12 Mar. 2020 In later rounds, the words were much more difficult: like dextral, visigothic and snood. Mary Kilpatrick, cleveland, "Hathaway Brown School student wins 2020 Cuyahoga County Spelling Bee presented by Saint Ignatius High School," 7 Mar. 2020 In the video, the male turkey - snood engorged, tail feathers spread extravagantly - struts briskly after the U.S. Postal Service vehicle, circling the boxy white truck and lunging as the mail carrier inserts envelopes in each box along the block. Laura Reiley, Anchorage Daily News, "Wild turkey menace: Angry birds are pecking cars, deflating kiddie pools and harassing the elderly," 24 Dec. 2019 Here’s another fun fact: Male turkeys, called toms, have bald, featherless heads with all sorts of dangling skin flaps and knobs known as the snood, the wattle and caruncles. Jason Bittel, Washington Post, "Turkeys are much more than the main attraction at Thanksgiving," 17 Nov. 2019 The strips, for cats and dogs, are made in Woodinville and pack Omega-3s into every delicious bite. $5 at Mud Bay Keep your dog warm and fashionable in an adorable snood made of highly reflective yarn in teal, purple or black. Bree Coven Foster, The Seattle Times, "Best pet gifts for your four-legged friends," 14 Nov. 2018 Posh animals will find options like the timeless tuxedo and shirred dresses, while those who are normcore inclined are also covered (snoods and hoodies made of sustainable bamboo). Peter Haldeman, New York Times, "The Secret Price of Pets," 4 July 2018 Her other winter accessories include a deep red cashmere snood scarf from the Scottish cashmere brand Brora. Diana Pearl,, "Kate Middleton Wore the Perfect Winter Outfit Today — and You Can Get Her Cozy Look!," 30 Jan. 2018 A normally modest Lisa Gherardini appears for her sitting heavily rouged, her hair in a snood, her lavish jewelry and ornamental scarves someone else’s idea. Christine Dolen, miamiherald, "Intriguing stories swirl in new play about the iconic Mona Lisa," 17 July 2017

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First Known Use of snood


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1714, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snood


Middle English *snod, from Old English snōd

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“Snood.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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