\ ˈtres \

Definition of tress 

1 : a long lock of hair especially : the long unbound hair of a woman usually used in plural
2 archaic : a plait of hair : braid

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While former Playmate Kendra Wilkinson certainly knows how to heat things up with her fiery mane, there's no denying the pinup made her mark in Playboy with her blonde tresses. Fox News, "Better blonde, brunette or red?," 22 Sep. 2018 In the footage, Bendre can be seen tearing up as the hairdresser gradually cuts away her long tresses. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Bollywood Star Shares Emotional Video of Her Cutting Her Hair Off Before Cancer Treatment," 10 July 2018 Hair: $6,000 Celebrity hairstylist Chris McMillan, who created Jennifer Aniston and Julianne Moore's tresses at last year's Golden Globes, reportedly has a daily rate of $2,000. Sarah Lindig, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is How Much It Costs to Get an Actress Golden Globes-Ready," 10 Jan. 2016 Still, for those who yearn to add one more day of waking up with perfect, sleek tresses to their blowout routine, the investment of time and money could well be worth it. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Is Hair Botox the Secret to a Blowout That Lasts?," 2 May 2018 But sometimes, reinvention is just as healthy for those cutting tresses too. Lindzi Scharf,, "Ted Gibson and Jason Backe load up the truck to bring their scissors and famously expensive haircuts to L.A.," 3 May 2018 Shaking her tresses and all the rest with enthusiasm, the singer early and often brought a commitment the audience clearly bought into. Fred Schruers, Billboard, "The Go-Go's Bring Fun & Fireworks to Hollywood Bowl Fourth of July Concert," 5 July 2018 Same goes for the Eurocentric salons that presumably had more skill grooming looser tresses. Leilani Marie Labong,, "At the Culture of Hair salon, the mission is top of mind — and head," 5 July 2018 Her hair was styled down, with flowers among her tresses. Peter Mikelbank,, "Vanessa Paradis, Johnny Depp's Ex, Marries Film Director Samuel Benchetrit in France," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of tress

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tress

Middle English tresse, from Anglo-French tresce

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: a long lock of hair

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