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[snood] /snud/
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.
verb (used with object)
to bind or confine (the hair) with a snood.
Origin of snood
before 900; Middle English: fillet, ribbon; Old English snōd Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for snood
Historical Examples
  • He stooped, and in the reeds he found an inch-long fragment of ribbon—of a snood.

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

    Wild Life Near Home Dallas Lore Sharp
  • A piece of scarlet embroidered cloth, called the snood, confined her hair, which fell over it in a profusion of rich dark curls.

    Waverley Sir Walter Scott
  • A snood, or bandeau of riband or worsted tape, was the only head-dress for maidens.

    Discipline Mary Brunton
  • Maidens until the last few years never wore caps, bonnets, or other headgear, only a ribbon or snood to keep the hair in place.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
  • Now your snood is slipping over his nose; it tickles him; he enjoys it, and shuts his eyes.

    Wild Life Near Home Dallas Lore Sharp
  • A northern term for a snood or link of horse-hair for a fishing-line.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • She was walking quickly, pressing forward, wrapped in a fur mantle, with a Shetland snood drawn round her face.

    The Late Miss Hollingford Rosa Mulholland
  • Her hair was bound with the "snood," the usual head-dress of Scottish maidens.

    The Underground City Jules Verne
  • The snood was a band which a Scottish maiden wore in her hair as a sign of her maidenhood.

British Dictionary definitions for snood


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
(transitive) to hold (the hair) in a snood
Word Origin
Old English snōd; of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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