[ breyd ]
/ breɪd /

verb (used with object)


Nearby words

  1. brahminy kite,
  2. brahmo samaj,
  3. brahms,
  4. brahms, johannes,
  5. brahui,
  6. braided,
  7. braided stream,
  8. braiding,
  9. braids,
  10. brail

Origin of braid

before 950; Middle English braiden, breiden (v.), Old English bregdan to move quickly, move to and fro, weave; cognate with Old Norse bregtha, Dutch breien

Related formsbraid·er, nounwell-braid·ed, adjective

Can be confusedbraid brayed Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for braid

British Dictionary definitions for braid


/ (breɪd) /

verb (tr)

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
Derived Formsbraider, noun

Word Origin for braid

Old English bregdan to move suddenly, weave together; compare Old Norse bregtha, Old High German brettan to draw a sword




broadly; frankly

Word Origin for braid

Scot variant of broad

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