Definition of braid in English:



  • 1Threads of silk, cotton, or other material woven into a decorative band for edging or trimming garments.

    ‘a coat trimmed with gold braid’
    [count noun] ‘fancy braids’
    • ‘I was surprised, by actually liking the way linen print and cotton braid looks when knitted up.’
    • ‘As charming as he is savvy, Abu Hattem cuts a dashing figure, invariably dressed in immaculate robes covered by a thin brown cloak edged with gold braid.’
    • ‘There was a vivid contrast between the splendour of the gold braid and decoration of the uniform and the jagged holes from the bullet which took Nelson's life.’
    • ‘An army officer's ultimate posing outfit is, of course, his dress uniform, made to measure while at Sandhurst and decorated with lots of shiny brass buttons and gold braid.’
    • ‘He was around 12 years old, a mop of blond hair and dressed like a Harrods bellboy in red outfit and gold braid.’
    • ‘Elegant satin and silk coverings with braid and lace can cost quite a bit.’
    • ‘Standing atop one of them, with his back to her, was a man wearing a dress blue Navy uniform with yards of gold braid banded around the sleeves.’
    • ‘She wears all black, except for a cap edged in gold braid.’
    • ‘Names that fit us like oversized coats, trimmed in seed pearls, gold braid, and the hides of baby seals.’
    • ‘An embroidered cotton upper garment, the valanka, is embellished with tufted fringes and braid along the seams.’
    • ‘A set of cheap white hand towels can be made unique by the addition of colored ribbon or braid sewn approximately 3 inches from each end.’
    • ‘The dashboard is decorated in purple velour and gold braid, protected from dust by a fitted polythene cover.’
    • ‘He was a leader, represented by his standard and his throne-like stool, and perhaps the item worn around his neck decorated with gold braid.’
    • ‘No one but Michael Jackson wears knee breeches and gold braid anymore.’
    • ‘They could even spin very fine silk threads and weave these into decorative braids, although it is more likely that they only ever saw the thread rather than the raw silk fibres.’
    • ‘She'd some slate colors in her possession, and I had worn one of the gowns, trimmed with gold braid.’
    • ‘For festive occasions, unmarried women wear small red felt caps adorned with gold braid, and married women don large white hats with starched wings.’
    • ‘He wore a tall black hat trimmed with gold braid, a black swallow tail coat with a white silk lining, white knee breeches and black, silver buckled shoes.’
    • ‘Alongside her on the top deck of the Antarctic survey ship HMS Endurance, stood the Duke of Edinburgh in the uniform of Admiral of the Fleet, encrusted with gold braid.’
    • ‘Although the origin of the word is unknown, an inkle is a coloured tape or braid similar to the braids produced in tablet weaving.’
    cord, cording, braiding, bullion, thread, twine, yarn, tape, binding, rickrack, ribbon
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  • 2North American A length of hair made up of three or more interlaced strands.

    ‘women with long black braids’
    • ‘She has black curly hair pulled back into a braid with loose strands pinned back with those bobby pin things.’
    • ‘Lately I've been wearing my hair in millions of braids or I'll take them out and wear the afro God gave me.’
    • ‘She shook her head to physically remove the thoughts from her mind, and she set about plaiting her hair into a braid, tying the end with a pale purple ribbon.’
    • ‘The woman who swept the stone courtyard wore a traditional Tibetan gown, trim and dark, and had plaited her raven hair into a thick braid.’
    • ‘When my hair was long, I put it in braids or a ponytail.’
    • ‘A pleasant breeze came in blew strands of hair our of my braid.’
    • ‘Senegalese sisters, eager to weave braids into the hair of women and men, spill from the salons.’
    • ‘It is ideal for natural textures (in loose states, not in braids, twists or locks) or overprocessed hair.’
    • ‘Many Otavalo men wear their hair in long, black braids.’
    • ‘As you methodically create the braids direct the braided hair forward towards the front of the face.’
    • ‘I plaited my hair into a thick braid and secured it with a stray thread from the hem of my skirt.’
    • ‘Her veil off, Shouket wore her hennaed hair in a long braid.’
    • ‘Keep your look fresh and simple when it comes to your hair, says celebrity hairstylist Oscar James, who advocates braids and twists.’
    • ‘She had strawberry blonde hair in twin braids, and had the most beautiful smile he'd ever seen.’
    • ‘She styled the remaining hair into four-strand braids and then unbraided the ends to create wavy strands.’
    • ‘I wore the dress, white tights, black ankle boots and had my hair in braids.’
    • ‘We'll see many more cornrow-inspired looks than individual braids, Amos says.’
    • ‘She was tall and skinny, with her blonde hair in two braids on either side of her head.’
    • ‘Her hair hung in braids, almost like cornrows, but prettier.’
    • ‘To frame the face - and produce a natural-looking hairline - she attached the hair with tiny braids at the root.’
    plait, pigtail, twist
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    1. 2.1A length made up of three or more interlaced strands of any flexible material.
      ‘a flexible copper braid’
      ‘braids of garlic’
      • ‘However, Grams found the hymn's ribbons extremely amusing and braided the long red ribbons into braids.’
      • ‘Place on a lightly greased baking sheet and braid loosely (you can do any other shape, but braids are traditional and pretty).’
      • ‘Whichever braid you choose I would urge anyone to use a braid of at least 50 lbs BS.’
      • ‘Think of a braided rope - each strand is strong, but when the three strands are intertwined, the braid is unbreakable.’
      • ‘I use braids a lot in my continental fishing, in particular the braids from the Kryston stable.’
      • ‘Silverskin garlic, often referred to as soft-neck garlic, stores incredibly well and is the type used for making garlic braids.’
      • ‘The end of the braid is then passed through the eye of the needle so that about 7cm is pulled through the end.’
      • ‘Join the monofilament to the braid with back to back uni or grinner knots.’


  • 1Interlace three or more strands of (hair or other flexible material) to form a length.

    ‘their long hair was tightly braided’
    ‘horses with braided manes’
    • ‘Round the vast trunk he wraps a rope that he braided from cowhide.’
    • ‘He also prepares the meals, washes dishes, sometimes does the laundry - and even braids hair.’
    • ‘Some women came from as far away as Connecticut, six hours away, to have their hair braided by Cornrows & Co.’
    • ‘Then we used yarn, raffia, feathers, beads, felt and sticks, either sewn, stapled, glued, braided or wrapped.’
    • ‘The hair was braided at the roots, and then set on rods using setting lotion.’
    • ‘The chief biological function of hair is - well, I'm told that it's complicated, but surely the function is not served by braiding hair or dying hair.’
    • ‘Chinese men were forced to braid their long hair into a queue or ‘pigtail’.’
    • ‘Hair care practices, such as braiding hair too tightly, can cause hair loss.’
    • ‘For certain festivals, e.g. Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, the challah may be rounded rather than braided.’
    • ‘The stalks of wheat could be spun and braided into many useful things.’
    • ‘I opened the door and she was sitting on her bed, braiding her hair.’
    • ‘Begin braiding the hair by placing the left section over the right, right section over the left.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, when she tells her story, many years later to one of her grandchildren, the freed Dessa Rose recalls her mother braiding her hair and her love for Kaine, events that precede the escape adventure.’
    • ‘Fresh, they are delicious, and braided, they last through most of summer, even with a wife who can work garlic into just about every recipe short of dessert.’
    • ‘Do you have any friends who are good enough at braiding hair to get paid for it?’
    • ‘When Margaret tried to braid her own hair, loose strands always refused to be captured, and made a halo around her pale face.’
    • ‘She continued in my hair, and by closing my eyes, I could almost imagine it was my mother behind me, braiding my hair as I used to wear it when I was young.’
    • ‘I fastened the chain in the back and ran a brush through my hair quickly, braiding the hairs at my temple back, and leaving the rest down.’
    • ‘Chelsea was braiding Andrea's hair in a million little tiny braids, while Andrea had already done a fancy updo on Chelsea.’
    • ‘The hair was braided from temple to the crown, and then styled in a crisscross pattern.’
    plait, entwine, intertwine, interweave, interlace, interthread, criss-cross, weave, knit, lace, twist, twine, wind
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  • 2Edge or trim (a garment) with braid.

    ‘braided red trousers’
    • ‘If he'd played in that game he would have had his lone cap, tasselled and braided with the gold S v E.’
    • ‘He was in Prince Albert's 11 th Hussars, and cut quite a dash on horseback in his crimson trousers, braided tunic, tassels and plumes.’
    trim, edge, border, pipe, hem, fringe, frill
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  • 3(of a river or stream) flow into shallow interwoven channels divided by deposits of sediment.

    • ‘As we have just heard, some think that the public should not have a say even on the diversion of two-thirds of the water in one of our last remaining braided rivers.’
    • ‘Compound cross-stratification is inferred to represent downcurrent-accreting fluvial bars such as those observed in braided rivers.’
    • ‘The Franklin Bluffs station is located on the flood plain of the wide, braided Sagavanirktok River, at the base of a relatively high bluff.’
    • ‘This series of shales and mudstones was probably deposited by braided stream systems.’
    • ‘The year began for us with a big campaign to protect New Zealand's largest braided river from proposals to take away 73 percent of its water for 60 kilometres.’
    • ‘In this unit, however, as in many deposits of sandy braided rivers, there are few palaeosols preserved.’
    • ‘In the section on glacial sediments, Figure G12 takes half a page to show a braided river emanating from a glacier terminus that is not even clearly visible in the picture.’
    • ‘It has been interpreted as having been deposited under very quiet conditions in an abandoned channel within a braided river.’
    • ‘Turquoise creeks braid through the landscape, feeding immense lakes full of brown trout the size of my leg.’
    • ‘The river has an open, braided nature on the road side, and you fish towards the beech forest lining the far bank.’
    • ‘This succession is interpreted as the aggradational deposits of meandering and braided, sandy and pebbly fluvial channels over floodplain muds and silts.’
    • ‘He is saying that I, as a resident of the Coromandel, should have no right to comment on the ecological importance of our South Island braided rivers, which are unusual in a global sense.’
    • ‘Miall interpreted horizontally bedded sand as braided river deposits formed either as plane beds in shallow water or during flood stage when plane beds may develop under upper flow regime conditions.’
    • ‘As you drive west toward the coast, seeps and springs in the ravines form small braided waterfalls, full of their own monsoon song.’
    • ‘Large braided rivers can have 20 or more channels at any one location.’
    • ‘After several more miles the canyon ended; then it was another five miles along braided river meanders now drowned under Alcova Reservoir.’
    • ‘A few hours below Luwire, the river began braiding again.’
    • ‘Poorly organized, immature conglomerates of the Mae Rim Formation probably represent alternating debris flows, sheet-flood, and braided channel deposits.’
    • ‘We are about to destroy one of the great braided rivers of New Zealand - possibly even the world.’
    • ‘The facies of the Skurweberg Formation are very similar to those seen in the South Flarbour Member and are likewise interpreted as proximal, braided river deposits.’


Old English bregdan make a sudden movement also interweave of Germanic origin; related to Dutch breien (verb).