\ ˈtres How to pronounce tress (audio) \

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

Examples of tress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prince Alfred didn’t have enough hair on his small blonde head for a weaving, but a tress did make it into a locket — a single soft curl. Katy Kelleher, Longreads, 10 Aug. 2020 Now the style is back in full effect, and there are so many ways to wear this do that always embraced our natural tresses. Shalwah Evans, Essence, 22 Apr. 2020 Essentially, this allows the Airwrap to emit a continuous, high-speed flow of hot air that will tame tresses with minimal heat damage, unlike other hot ceramic curling irons. Isabelle Kagan, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2020 In the photos, Reign can be seen with his long tresses, smiling and having fun with a horse and tractor. Karen Mizoguchi,, 28 Oct. 2019 Hadid embraced lightening up her tresses for spring. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 25 Mar. 2019 Almost a decade of colorist appointments later, Zemon can only guess at how much grayness lurks within her thick tresses. Zara Stone,, 2 Apr. 2020 For supremely hot days, stay cool by tying up your tresses with a plaid scrunchie instead of a boring old hair elastic. Madeline Fass, Vogue, 3 July 2019 Chanel, Cara Delevingne, and Helen Mirren were only some of the trendsetters who adopted pastel tresses afterward. Farah Joan Fard, Vanities, 5 Oct. 2017

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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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“Tress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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: a long lock of hair

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