\ 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 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 The core cast, mostly feminine-presenting West Hollywood residents, seemed to possess effortlessly luxuriant tresses, their varying colors and styles as much a testament to the women’s affluence as to their characters’ sensibilities. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "One Way the New L Word Is Deeply Modern," 15 Dec. 2019 Both bodies still carried full heads of hair, each with a head cone tangled up in the tresses, the team reports today in Antiquity. Colin Barras, Science | AAAS, "These mysterious Egyptian head cones actually existed, grave find reveals," 10 Dec. 2019 Elsewhere, a bottle spilled on its side does not pour forth shampoo but rich, glossy tresses (Untitled, photograph for Pétrole Hahn advertisement, ca. 1934). The Economist, "Dora Maar, an overlooked star of surrealism," 3 Dec. 2019 Brace yourselves, Friends fans: Courteney Cox just traded in her signature dark, medium-length tresses for fall’s hottest new haircut. Susan Brickell,, "Courtney Cox's New, Trendy Chop Is Basically the Anti-Monica Geller," 18 Sep. 2019 Laurent Philippon, also worked textiles into tresses, creating fascinating fabric braids on models at Jonathan Cohen. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Braids Take Top Spot As Biggest Hair Trend At NYFW," 11 Sep. 2019 If your clients need to get something off their shoulders (besides their tresses), give them the gift of a willing ear. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Memories of childhood abuse occupy survivor’s thoughts," 16 Nov. 2019 If your clients need to get something off their shoulders (besides their tresses), give them the gift of a willing ear. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Is it too late to confront mother about childhood physical abuse?," 16 Nov. 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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4 Jan 2020

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“Tress.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 17 January 2020.

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: a long lock of hair

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