\ 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 Thankfully, filmmakers have mostly left their hands off Gal Gadot's loose tresses, but there are severe crimps and bad cuts aplenty for everyone else in Patty Jenkins' new sequel. Kim Willis, USA TODAY, "The first 'Wonder Woman 1984' trailer brings back bad perms, plus Chris Pine in a fanny pack," 9 Dec. 2019 For her transformation into Katinka from the film Zoolander, the statuesque Drummond traded her blonde tresses for a severe black wig. Vogue, "Halloween Was Kicked Off at Selby Drummond and Mazurbate’s “Post From the Grave” Themed Celebration," 28 Oct. 2019 Both celebrities dyed their tresses green, and the hair color is surprisingly everything. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Is Green The New It Hair Color?," 15 July 2019 The women also both wore their blonde tresses down over their shoulders, making their resemblance all the more uncanny. Robyn Merrett,, "Christie Brinkley Shares Christmas Photo with Look-Alike Daughter: 'My Sunflower Sailor'," 26 Dec. 2019 Samantha Sheppard, lead stylist with Glam+Go, recommended against all pulled-back styles, which can put your tresses under even more pressure and emphasize thinning hair. Claire Gillespie,, "New Mom Candidly Shares Photo Revealing Her Bald Spots From Postpartum Hair Loss," 21 Nov. 2019 From mixing prints and experimenting with pink tresses to dressing in a striking floor-length fur coat and a pair of combat boots, Anderson is a style daredevil. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Masterclass: Leomie Anderson," 20 Nov. 2019 This is not the first time that Dove has been spotted with purple tresses. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Dove Cameron Showed Instagram Her New Purple Hair," 24 Sep. 2018 The quintessential Tuscan landscape—fields covered in lavender and stone pathways lined with Italian cypress tress—and the sereneness of the estate called for an ethereal feeling dress, and the team at Oscar de la Renta delivered. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Tennis Star Caroline Wozniacki Wears Custom Oscar de la Renta to Her Wedding Under the Tuscan Sun," 15 June 2019

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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 Feb. 2020.

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: a long lock of hair

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