braiding [brey-ding] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. braids collectively.
  2. braided work.

Origin of braiding 1400–50; late Middle English. See braid, -ing1 braid [breyd] 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.


  1. a braided length or plait, especially of hair.
  2. a hair style formed by interweaving three or more strands of hair.
  3. 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.
  4. a band, ribbon, etc., for binding or confining the hair.

Origin of braid 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 formsbraid·er, nounwell-braid·ed, adjectiveCan be confusedbraid brayed Related Words for braiding pigtail, ponytail, queue, plait, twine, intertwine, lace, cue, mesh, twist, interlace, entwine, ravel, weave, complect, interknit Examples from the Web for braiding Contemporary Examples of braiding

  • Or a select few can boost their grades by braiding their armpit hair and fighting the patriarchy.

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  • Other techniques included laser-cut laces, braiding, and high-gloss liquid fabrics made from silk and nylon.

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  • (Maan) Braided and punished – Female soldier reprimanded after braiding her friend’s hair in public.

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  • Historical Examples of braiding

  • Mrs. Rushton was braiding straw when Robert entered with his berries.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Brown braiding on a tailor-made jacket does not, however, consort with hay-wagons.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Buttons are made by braiding yarn and sewing it in the form of buttons.

    Spool Knitting

    Mary A. McCormack

  • Whereupon she fell to loosening her hair and braiding it with hurried fingers.

    Desert Dust

    Edwin L. Sabin

  • He caught the hands that were braiding her hair, and held them in his rough grip.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for braiding braiding noun

    1. braids collectively
    2. work done in braid
    3. a piece of braid

    braid 1 verb (tr)

    1. to interweave several strands of (hair, thread, etc); plait
    2. to make by such weavingto braid a rope
    3. to dress or bind (the hair) with a ribbon, etc
    4. to decorate with an ornamental trim or borderto braid a skirt


    1. a length of hair, fabric, etc, that has been braided; plait
    2. narrow ornamental tape of woven silk, wool, etc

    Derived Formsbraider, nounWord Origin for braid Old English bregdan to move suddenly, weave together; compare Old Norse bregtha, Old High German brettan to draw a sword braid 2 adjective

    1. broad


    1. broadly; frankly

    Word Origin for braid Scot variant of broad Word Origin and History for braiding 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.

    braid 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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