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tress

[tres] /trɛs/
noun
1.
Usually, tresses. long locks or curls of hair.
2.
a plait or braid of hair.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English tresse < Middle French: plait or braid of hair < ?
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British Dictionary definitions for tress

tress

/trɛs/
noun
1.
(often pl) a lock of hair, esp a long lock of woman's hair
2.
a plait or braid of hair
verb
3.
(transitive) to arrange in tresses
Derived Forms
tressy, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French trece, of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for tress
n.

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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