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verb (used with object)
  1. to weave together strips or strands of; plait: to braid the hair.
  2. to form by such weaving: to braid a rope.
  3. to bind or confine (the hair) with a band, ribbon, etc.
  4. to trim with braid, as a garment.
  1. a braided length or plait, especially of hair.
  2. a hair style formed by interweaving three or more strands of hair.
  3. 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.
  4. a band, ribbon, etc., for binding or confining the hair.

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. 2018

Examples from the Web for braided

Contemporary Examples of braided

Historical Examples of braided

  • He wore a blue coat—frogged, braided, and buttoned to the throat.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • 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.

  • Her abundant hair was braided, and wound closely about her head like a cap.

  • And Lydia could see the fingers that braided were trembling, as Anne's voice did, too.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

British Dictionary definitions for braided


  1. (of a river or stream) flowing in several shallow interconnected channels separated by banks of deposited material


verb (tr)
  1. to interweave several strands of (hair, thread, etc); plait
  2. to make by such weavingto braid a rope
  3. to dress or bind (the hair) with a ribbon, etc
  4. to decorate with an ornamental trim or borderto braid a skirt
  1. a length of hair, fabric, etc, that has been braided; plait
  2. 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


  1. broad
  1. broadly; frankly

Word Origin for braid

Scot variant of broad
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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.

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