- the distinctive headband formerly worn by young unmarried women in Scotland and northern England.
- a headband for the hair.
- a netlike hat or part of a hat or fabric that holds or covers the back of a woman's hair.
- the pendulous skin over the beak of a turkey.
- to bind or confine (the hair) with a snood.
Origin of snood
Examples from the Web for snood
A snood or fillet of blue ribbon confined her luxuriant hair.Dulcibel
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
- a pouchlike hat, often of net, loosely holding a woman's hair at the back
- a headband, esp one formerly worn by young unmarried women in Scotland
- vet science a long fleshy appendage that hangs over the upper beak of turkeys
- (tr) to hold (the hair) in a snood
Word Origin and History for snood
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).