Louis [loo-is, loo-ee; French lwee] /ˈlu ɪs, ˈlu i; French lwi/, 1809–52, French teacher of the blind.
a system of writing or printing, devised by L. Braille for use by the blind, in which combinations of tangible dots or points are used to represent letters, characters, etc., that are read by touch.

verb (used with object), Brailled, Braill·ing.

to write or transliterate in Braille characters.

Also braille (for defs 2, 3).

Origin of Braille

First recorded in 1850–55 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for braille

Contemporary Examples of braille

Historical Examples of braille

  • Braille and typewriting were taken up as a matter of course.

  • For a while, indeed, I had to copy my Latin in braille, so that I could recite with the other girls.

    Story of My Life

    Helen Keller

  • He could write Braille, with a punch and a Braille slate,--yes, indeed!

    The Happy Venture

    Edith Ballinger Price

  • After the reading of Braille has been mastered, writing it, an even more difficult operation, is taken up.

  • He learned me the deaf alphabet, and how to read in the Braille book, and it's not so bad now.

    Workhouse Characters

    Margaret Wynne Nevinson

British Dictionary definitions for braille




a system of writing for the blind consisting of raised dots that can be interpreted by touch, each dot or group of dots representing a letter, numeral, or punctuation mark
any writing produced by this methodCompare Moon


(tr) to print or write using this method




Louis (lwi). 1809–52, French inventor, musician, and teacher of the blind, who himself was blind from the age of three and who devised the Braille system of raised writing
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Word Origin and History for braille


1853, from Louis Braille (1809-1852), French musician and teacher, blind from age 3, who devised it c.1830.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for braille


A system of writing and printing for the blind in which arrangements of raised dots representing letters and numbers can be identified by touch.

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