\ ˈsnüd How to pronounce snood (audio) \

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 First cousin to the snood, dickeys similarly eliminate the need for wearing bulky scarves or turtlenecks by shielding your neck from bitter winds, while also serving as a mini sweater vest that looks on-point during Zoom meetings. Talia Abbas, Glamour, 7 Jan. 2022 Wearing a snood that fully covered her hair, as is traditional for married Orthodox women, Golin-Cahn showed me her series of drypoint etches on the biblical story of Esther, inspired by Rembrandt. Avital Chizhik-goldschmidt, The Atlantic, 24 Sep. 2021 Lou also sports a snood in winter to keep her ears warm and out of the snow. Kelli Bender,, 17 Sep. 2021 There are at least 10, and each is both decorative and practical: the classic, the classic with a twist, the pretzel, the waterfall, the Gigi, the snood, the fling, the knot, the loop, and the hood (yes, it can also be worn over the head). Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, 22 May 2021 Save for a snood, Jenner was wearing look 3 from the fall 2020 collection and signaling a new fashion era for herself. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 20 Nov. 2020 Wild turkey toms never pretend to be anything but bullies, but when the cockiest male gobbles and struts in spring, flaunting his swollen snood and flashy, colorful face and neck, females flock to him like teenagers chasing a pop star. Laura Erickson, Popular Science, 6 Nov. 2020 Reviewers say the snood is comfortable, functional, and absolutely adorable on their little pups. Erika Hardison, USA TODAY, 8 Oct. 2020 Until this week, Nate Favini, MD, religiously wore a neck snood on his daily runs. Molly Longman,, 13 Aug. 2020 See More

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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 22 May. 2022.

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