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  1. Usually tresses. long locks or curls of hair.
  2. a plait or braid of hair.
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Origin of tress

1250–1300; Middle English tresse < Middle French: plait or braid of hair < ?
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Historical Examples

  • She lifted a tress on her forefinger and smoothed it against the sunlight.

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    Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • The glory of the pipe, as Tress had suggested, lay in its carving.

  • The more I examined the pipe the more amazed I was at Tress's generosity.

  • I propose that we act on Tress's suggestion, and go and make inquiries of him.

  • Tress had filled the pipe, and handed it, with a lighted match, to Bob.

British Dictionary definitions for tress


  1. (often plural) a lock of hair, esp a long lock of woman's hair
  2. a plait or braid of hair
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  1. (tr) to arrange in tresses
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Derived Formstressy, adjective

Word Origin

C13: from Old French trece, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for tress


late 13c., "long lock of hair," from Old French tresse "a plait or braid of hair" (12c.), perhaps from Vulgar Latin *trichia "braid, rope," from Greek trikhia "rope," from thrix (genitive trikhos) "hair." Related: Tresses.

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