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braid

[breyd] /breɪd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to weave together strips or strands of; plait:
to braid the hair.
2.
to form by such weaving:
to braid a rope.
3.
to bind or confine (the hair) with a band, ribbon, etc.
4.
to trim with braid, as a garment.
noun
5.
a braided length or plait, especially of hair.
6.
a hair style formed by interweaving three or more strands of hair.
7.
a narrow, ropelike band formed by plaiting or weaving together several strands of silk, cotton, or other material, used as trimming for garments, drapery, etc.
8.
a band, ribbon, etc., for binding or confining the hair.
Origin
950
before 950; Middle English braiden, breiden (v.), Old English bregdan to move quickly, move to and fro, weave; cognate with Old Norse bregtha, Dutch breien
Related forms
braider, noun
well-braided, adjective
Can be confused
braid, brayed.
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British Dictionary definitions for wellbraided

braid1

/breɪd/
verb (transitive)
1.
to interweave several strands of (hair, thread, etc); plait
2.
to make by such weaving: to braid a rope
3.
to dress or bind (the hair) with a ribbon, etc
4.
to decorate with an ornamental trim or border: to braid a skirt
noun
5.
a length of hair, fabric, etc, that has been braided; plait
6.
narrow ornamental tape of woven silk, wool, etc
Derived Forms
braider, noun
Word Origin
Old English bregdan to move suddenly, weave together; compare Old Norse bregtha, Old High German brettan to draw a sword

braid2

/bred; breɪd/
adjective
1.
broad
adverb
2.
broadly; frankly
Word Origin
Scot variant of broad
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Word Origin and History for wellbraided

braid

v.

"to plait, knit, weave, twist together," c.1200, breidan, from Old English bregdan "to move quickly, pull, shake, swing, throw (in wrestling), draw (a sword); bend, weave, knit, join together; change color, vary; scheme, feign, pretend" (class III strong verb, past tense brægd, past participle brogden), from Proto-Germanic *bregthan "make sudden jerky movements from side to side" (cf. Old Norse bregða "to brandish, turn about, braid;" Old Saxon bregdan "to weave;" Dutch breien "to knit;" Old High German brettan "to draw, weave, braid"), from PIE root *bherek- "to gleam, flash" (cf. Sanskrit bhrasate "flames, blazes, shines"). In English the verb survives only in the narrow definition of "plait hair." Related: Braided; braiding.

n.

in part from stem found in Old English gebrægd "craft, fraud," gebregd "commotion," Old Norse bragð "deed, trick," and in part from or influenced by related braid (v.). Earliest senses are "a deceit, stratagem, trick" (c.1200), "sudden or quick movement" (c.1300); meaning "anything plaited or entwined" (especially hair) is from 1520s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for wellbraided

braid

Related Terms

gold braid


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