Definition of tress in English:



  • A long lock of a woman's hair.

    ‘her golden tresses tumbled about her face’
    • ‘She replied calmly, the blonde tresses curled in adorable ringlets around her making her face glow.’
    • ‘He took out her hair clip and Chloe's golden tresses fell to her shoulders.’
    • ‘Her life is almost as golden as her streaked tresses.’
    • ‘Molly threw back her hair in a flurry of golden tresses and whooped a bit longer.’
    • ‘Bess was in the process of elaborately braiding her long golden tresses.’
    • ‘Jill ran her fingers through the long blond tresses a few times for good measure.’
    • ‘On the hearth were thick tresses - very thick tresses - of gray human hair.’
    • ‘Then, he noticed it; someone had taken the golden tresses and tied them back into a ponytail.’
    • ‘You will have to redye your tresses every six to eight weeks to maintain your color.’
    • ‘Princesses with golden curls, a raven mane or shiny red tresses having adventures are what fairy tales are all about.’
    • ‘Her golden honey tresses were curled to perfection, falling around her face as if she were an angel.’
    • ‘Taking the part meant shaving off his golden tresses and growing a tangled beard - a look that came to him in a dream.’
    • ‘She reached up and pulled off the black wig, and her long golden tresses tumbled around her shoulders.’
    • ‘Long, golden tresses flowed down past her waist, delicate diamonds and jewels strung between each strand.’
    • ‘A large, heavy wig of golden tresses adorned her head, making her appear to be taller than she truly was.’
    • ‘He had ripped away one beloved hand and only a few strands remained of the once beautiful mane of golden tresses.’
    • ‘It would catch me every time - her silky golden red tresses, and that enchanting smile that shone right through her phenomenal hazel eyes.’
    • ‘He hauled himself into a sitting position, his wealth of black tresses tumbling down his back and framing his face in a lustrous purple-black surround.’
    • ‘Her golden tresses no longer incited a tremor to run through him.’
    • ‘Leigh on the other hand, was a tall and slender figured girl, with an olive complexion and dark violet tresses longer than her back.’
    hair, head of hair, mane, mop of hair, shock of hair
    locks, curls, ringlets
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[WITH OBJECT]archaic
  • Arrange (a person's hair) into long locks.


Middle English: from Old French tresse, perhaps based on Greek trikha threefold.