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snood

[snood] /snud/
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.
verb (used with object)
5.
to bind or confine (the hair) with a snood.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English: fillet, ribbon; Old English snōd
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British Dictionary definitions for snood

snood

/snuːd/
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
verb
4.
(transitive) to hold (the hair) in a snood
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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Encyclopedia Article for snood

either of two types of hair ornament worn by women. The Scottish snood was a narrow circlet or ribbon fastened around the head and worn primarily by unmarried women, as a sign of chastity. During the Victorian era, hairnets worn for decoration were called snoods, and this term came to mean a netlike hat or part of a hat that caught the hair in the back. In the 1930s the name was given to a netlike bag worn at the back of a woman's head to hold the hair. During World War II snoods were immensely popular in factories, where they were worn to keep hair from being caught in machinery.

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