- 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 braids
Matched, in fact, the description of hundreds of young black men in Brooklyn: braids, dark baseball cap, saggy jeans.The Cost: What Stop and Frisk Does to a Young Man’s Soul
May 21, 2014
Inside, sporting a set of braids that would make Katniss Everdeen green with jealousy, is the self-anointed “queen bee,” Lorde.Watch Lorde’s Magical New Music Video For Her Song “Team”
December 3, 2013
The only racism Alicia Keys is likely to encounter in the territories would be some fool trying to touch her braids.Alicia Keys: Come Visit Palestine
June 11, 2013
“He actually really did creep me out—as the character—with the braids and the way he talked,” she says.Selena Gomez on Playing a Bikini-Clad Vigilante in ‘Spring Breakers’
March 20, 2013
For a summer cut her mother would lop off the braids, leaving her with a chic bob for the warmer months.Touching Sylvia Plath’s Hair
February 11, 2013
And then she recalled Katy's voice saying: "Braids round your head."
It means that my braids are up to stay, so hereafter I'm a real woman.
The girls in kimonas and with their hair in braids, sat in their sitting-room.Hester's Counterpart
Jean K. Baird
Nancy, pull your braids around to the front so they can see your blond hair.
Water dripped from the fringe of hair across her forehead and poured from her braids.
- 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 braids
1520s; see braid (n.).
"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.