- to weave together strips or strands of; plait: to braid the hair.
- to form by such weaving: to braid a rope.
- to bind or confine (the hair) with a band, ribbon, etc.
- to trim with braid, as a garment.
- a braided length or plait, especially of hair.
- a hair style formed by interweaving three or more strands of hair.
- a narrow, ropelike band formed by plaiting or weaving together several strands of silk, cotton, or other material, used as trimming for garments, drapery, etc.
- a band, ribbon, etc., for binding or confining the hair.
Origin of braid
Examples from the Web for braided
The fates of species are braided with feedback systems, complicated interactions, and co-dependencies.The Big Idea: Saving the World’s Most Important Fish
Kevin M. Bailey
August 9, 2013
(Maan) Braided and punished - Female soldier reprimanded after braiding her friend's hair in public.Motivations, Not Materiel
November 12, 2012
The courtroom itself is surrounded by high cyclone fences, braided with coiled razor wire, and watched by heavily armed guards.Inside the Khalid Sheik Mohammed Hearing Circus
May 6, 2012
He wore a blue coat—frogged, braided, and buttoned to the throat.Night and Morning, Complete
The braided one fingered indecisively the broad brim of a gray sombrero.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
The women wear it braided and looped up on the sides of the head.The Long Labrador Trail
Her abundant hair was braided, and wound closely about her head like a cap.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek
George W. Ogden
And Lydia could see the fingers that braided were trembling, as Anne's voice did, too.The Prisoner
- (of a river or stream) flowing in several shallow interconnected channels separated by banks of deposited material
- to interweave several strands of (hair, thread, etc); plait
- to make by such weavingto braid a rope
- to dress or bind (the hair) with a ribbon, etc
- to decorate with an ornamental trim or borderto braid a skirt
- a length of hair, fabric, etc, that has been braided; plait
- narrow ornamental tape of woven silk, wool, etc
- broadly; frankly
Word Origin and History for braided
"to plait, knit, weave, twist together," c.1200, breidan, from Old English bregdan "to move quickly, pull, shake, swing, throw (in wrestling), draw (a sword); bend, weave, knit, join together; change color, vary; scheme, feign, pretend" (class III strong verb, past tense brægd, past participle brogden), from Proto-Germanic *bregthan "make sudden jerky movements from side to side" (cf. Old Norse bregða "to brandish, turn about, braid;" Old Saxon bregdan "to weave;" Dutch breien "to knit;" Old High German brettan "to draw, weave, braid"), from PIE root *bherek- "to gleam, flash" (cf. Sanskrit bhrasate "flames, blazes, shines"). In English the verb survives only in the narrow definition of "plait hair." Related: Braided; braiding.
in part from stem found in Old English gebrægd "craft, fraud," gebregd "commotion," Old Norse bragð "deed, trick," and in part from or influenced by related braid (v.). Earliest senses are "a deceit, stratagem, trick" (c.1200), "sudden or quick movement" (c.1300); meaning "anything plaited or entwined" (especially hair) is from 1520s.