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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 care not for all those strings of pearl, which you fret me by warping into my tresses, Janet.

    Kenilworth Sir Walter Scott
  • tresses of her hair she clipped, And within the tower slipped.

  • A delicately sculptured laurel-branch is woven into a victor's crown and laid lightly on the tresses it scarcely seems to clasp.

    New Italian sketches John Addington Symonds
  • Through her tresses he saw her face turn red; passionately she arose.

    Under the Rose Frederic Stewart Isham
  • The tresses of this lady were shining and black, like the plumage of the raven.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
  • The crown of her tresses as she walked beside him was at his shoulder.

    The World Beyond Raymond King Cummings
  • While the bride was kneeling at the altar the gendarme rushed forward and cut her tresses from her head.

British Dictionary definitions for tresses


(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 tresses



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.

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