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Princeton's WordNet

  1. braid, plait, tress, twistnoun

    a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair

  2. braid, gold braid, braidingverb

    trimming used to decorate clothes or curtains

  3. braid, lace, plaitverb

    make by braiding or interlacing

    "lace a tablecloth"

  4. braidverb

    decorate with braids or ribbons

    "braid a collar"

  5. braid, pleachverb

    form or weave into a braid or braids

    "braid hair"


  1. braidnoun

    A sudden movement; a jerk, a wrench.

    Etymology: Old English breġdan, from Germanic *bregdan. Cognate with Dutch breien.

  2. braidnoun

    A weave of three or more strands of fibers, ribbons, cords or hair often for decoration.

    Etymology: Old English breġdan, from Germanic *bregdan. Cognate with Dutch breien.

  3. braidverb

    To make a sudden movement with, to jerk.

    Etymology: Old English breġdan, from Germanic *bregdan. Cognate with Dutch breien.

  4. braidverb

    To start into motion.

    Etymology: Old English breġdan, from Germanic *bregdan. Cognate with Dutch breien.

  5. braidverb

    To weave together, intertwine (strands of fibers, ribbons, etc.); to arrange (hair) in braids.

    Etymology: Old English breġdan, from Germanic *bregdan. Cognate with Dutch breien.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Braidverb

    to weave, interlace, or entwine together, as three or more strands or threads; to form into a braid; to plait

  2. Braidverb

    to mingle, or to bring to a uniformly soft consistence, by beating, rubbing, or straining, as in some culinary operations

  3. Braidverb

    to reproach. [Obs.] See Upbraid

  4. Braidnoun

    a plait, band, or narrow fabric formed by intertwining or weaving together different strands

  5. Braidnoun

    a narrow fabric, as of wool, silk, or linen, used for binding, trimming, or ornamenting dresses, etc

  6. Braidnoun

    a quick motion; a start

  7. Braidnoun

    a fancy; freak; caprice

  8. Braidverb

    to start; to awake

  9. Braidverb



  1. Braid

    A braid is a complex structure or pattern formed by intertwining three or more strands of flexible material such as textile fibres, wire, or human hair. Compared to the process of weaving a wide sheet of cloth from two separate, perpendicular groups of strands, a braid is usually long and narrow, with each component strand functionally equivalent in zigzagging forward through the overlapping mass of the others. The simplest possible braid is a flat, solid, three-strand structure in some countries/cases called a plait. More complex braids can be constructed from an arbitrary number of strands to create a wider range of structures: wider ribbon-like bands, hollow or solid cylindrical cords, or broad mats which resemble a rudimentary perpendicular weave. Braids are commonly used to make rope, decorative objects, and hairstyles. Complex braids have been used to create hanging fibre artworks. Braiding is also used to prepare horses' manes and tails for showing, polo and polocrosse.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Braid

    brād, v.t. to plait or entwine.—n. cord, or other texture made by plaiting.—p.adj. Braid′ed, plaited, embroidered, trimmed with braid.—n. Braid′ing, the act of making braids: embroidery with braid. [A.S. bregdan; Ice. bregða, to weave.]

  2. Braid

    brād, adj. (Shak.) dissembling, deceitful. [A.S. brægd, falsehood, from bregdan, brægd, to weave.]

  3. Braid

    brād, v.t. (Shak.) to upbraid, to reproach. [Prob. from Abraid, or Braid (1).]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of braid in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of braid in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of braid in a Sentence

  1. Lyric Drumgoole:

    I want Jenny Lee Maldonado to grow it long so I can braid it, i want Lyric Drumgoole to be safe.

  2. Sophie Turner:

    For so long, Sansas hair changed season by season depending on who was influencing her, the first few episodes she was a Northerner in Winterfell and took after her mother with a simple braid down the back. Then when she went to Kings Landing it was a big, decadent halo that was very much like what the Queen wore. With Littlefinger, she dyes her hair black and wears all black. Then she goes back to Winterfell and returns to her mothers hair.

  3. Brian Sanders:

    Commanders will analyze the risk of a free hanging ponytail or braid and use commander’s discretion to determine if long hair will be secured or tucked inside the uniform top.

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