\ 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 However, many invasive plants are also taking over the area and killing many of the native tress and shrubbery. Kristen Griffith,, "Stream restoration? Ballfields? Westminster citizens share input on future of Wakefield Valley Park.," 17 Dec. 2020 The trees can live up to 1,000 years and are found at elevations up to 12,000 feet (3,600 meters) — conditions too harsh for most tress to survive. Matthew Brown, Star Tribune, "US: mountain pine tree that feeds grizzlies is threatened," 1 Dec. 2020 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, "The Ugly History of Beautiful Things: Lockets," 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, "5 Nineties Hairstyles To Practice On Natural Hair During Quarantine," 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, "The coveted Dyson hair dryer and curling wand are finally back on sale," 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,, "Kourtney Kardashian Claps Back at Fan Who Said She 'Really Needs to Cut' Son Reign's Hair," 28 Oct. 2019 Hadid embraced lightening up her tresses for spring. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Bella Hadid Goes Back to Dirty Blonde With a Transformative Dye Job," 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,, "Bay Area coronavirus shutdown’s silver lining: Some choose to go gray," 2 Apr. 2020

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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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21 Dec 2020

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“Tress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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\ ˈtres How to pronounce tress (audio) \

Kids Definition of tress

: a long lock of hair

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