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[tres] /trɛs/
Usually, tresses. long locks or curls of hair.
a plait or braid of hair.
Origin of tress
1250-1300; Middle English tresse < Middle French: plait or braid of hair < ? Unabridged
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  • I propose that we act on tress's suggestion, and go and make inquiries of him.

  • She lifted a tress on her forefinger and smoothed it against the sunlight.

    Fort Amity Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • The more I examined the pipe the more amazed I was at tress's generosity.

  • The glory of the pipe, as tress had suggested, lay in its carving.

  • That tress and the Bible which inclosed it had made Hugh Worthington a better man.

    Bad Hugh Mary Jane Holmes
  • I could see that Brasher did not altogether like the tone in which tress repeated his words.

  • The river continues its course, carrying on the surface of its waters the tress, which diffuses a delicious odour.

  • If tress chose to poison the man, it was his affair, not mine.

  • Not a tress of her elaborate braids of hair was out of place; not a fold awry in her dress.

    Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles Mrs. Henry Wood
  • tress had filled the pipe, and handed it, with a lighted match, to Bob.

British Dictionary definitions for tress


(often pl) a lock of hair, esp a long lock of woman's hair
a plait or braid of hair
(transitive) to arrange in tresses
Derived Forms
tressy, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French trece, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for tress

late 13c., "long lock of hair," from Old French tresse "a plait or braid of hair" (12c.), perhaps from Vulgar Latin *trichia "braid, rope," from Greek trikhia "rope," from thrix (genitive trikhos) "hair." Related: Tresses.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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