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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Her new ruby tresses are fully visible, with a side-sweeping front part and a large curly bun perched behind it. Zizi Strater, Peoplemag, 9 May 2023 In a shocking turn of events, the Don't Worry Darling star chopped off her signature blonde tresses to debut a brunette buzzcut for the feathers to rest upon. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, 2 May 2023 Kloss wore the Agatha barrette below, while Plaza, Blige and Morrone finished their tresses with the Wide Velvet Bow. Natalie Alcala, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 May 2023 The feelings cut a little deeper for a hairstylist who had built a devout clientele by transforming her clients’ tresses for 13 years and eventually opened up a salon. Holly Eve, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2023 Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo Treat your tresses without breaking the bank thanks to this sulfate-free formula that leaves curls soft and silky. Katrina Mitzeliotis, Women's Health, 2 May 2023 The cuticle edges are smoother in wavy hair, and these findings could help scientists explain why coily and curly tresses dry out quicker than wavy or straight locks. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 27 Mar. 2023 According to celebrity hairstylist Clariss Rubenstein, a hair mask is a leave-in treatment that provides long-term nourishment to your tresses. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 13 Apr. 2023 So who packed more heat, Diss-tress Isabelle Brooks or Bob the Diss Queen? Vulture, 6 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English tresse, from Anglo-French tresce

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tress was in the 14th century

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“Tress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a long lock of hair

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