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snood

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noun
  1. the distinctive headband formerly worn by young unmarried women in Scotland and northern England.
  2. a headband for the hair.
  3. a netlike hat or part of a hat or fabric that holds or covers the back of a woman's hair.
  4. the pendulous skin over the beak of a turkey.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to bind or confine (the hair) with a snood.
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Origin of snood

before 900; Middle English: fillet, ribbon; Old English snōd
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Examples from the Web for snood

Historical Examples

  • A snood or fillet of blue ribbon confined her luxuriant hair.

    Dulcibel

    Henry Peterson

  • A northern term for a snood or link of horse-hair for a fishing-line.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • If the snood does not break you have him dangling in the air.

    Wild Life Near Home

    Dallas Lore Sharp

  • It is the rich materials of snood, plaid, and brooch that betray her birth.

    The Lady of the Lake

    Sir Walter Scott

  • Tied round the wimple they sometimes had a snood, or band of silk.

    English Costume

    Dion Clayton Calthrop


British Dictionary definitions for snood

snood

noun
  1. a pouchlike hat, often of net, loosely holding a woman's hair at the back
  2. a headband, esp one formerly worn by young unmarried women in Scotland
  3. vet science a long fleshy appendage that hangs over the upper beak of turkeys
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verb
  1. (tr) to hold (the hair) in a snood
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Word Origin

Old English snōd; of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for snood

n.

Old English snod "ribbon for the hair," from Proto-Germanic *snodo (cf. Swedish snod "string, cord"), from PIE root *(s)ne- "to spin, sew" (cf. Lettish snate "a linen cover," Old Irish snathe "thread;" see needle (n.)). In the Middle Ages, typically worn by young unmarried girls, hence "It was held to be emblematic of maidenhood or virginity" [Century Dictionary]. Modern fashion meaning "bag-like hair net" first recorded 1938 (these also were worn by girls in the Middle Ages, but they are not snoods properly).

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