To braid is to lace or weave together. Hair that has been done this way is in braids.

Have you ever seen someone with their hair bound together in thick, rope-like arrangements? That hairdo is called braids. Women often braid each other's hair or get it braided by a hairdresser. The longer your hair, the longer your potential braids. To braid hair, you have to weave the strands of hair together: this is also called plaiting, lacing, and interlacing. Other materials can be braided, but the most popular thing to braid is definitely hair.

Definitions of braid

v make by braiding or interlacing

lace, plait
Type of:
tissue, weave
create a piece of cloth by interlacing strands of fabric, such as wool or cotton

v form or weave into a braid or braids

braid hair”
undo the braids of
Type of:
interweave, weave
interlace by or as if by weaving

v decorate with braids or ribbons

braid a collar”
Type of:
adorn, beautify, decorate, embellish, grace, ornament
make more attractive by adding ornament, colour, etc.

n a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair

plait, tress, twist
a braid of hair at the back of the head
a plait of braided hair
Type of:
coif, coiffure, hair style, hairdo, hairstyle
the arrangement of the hair (especially a woman's hair)

n trimming used to decorate clothes or curtains

braiding, gold braid
aglet, aiglet, aiguilette
ornamental tagged cord or braid on the shoulder of a uniform
a narrow braid used as a decorative trimming
Type of:
passementerie, trim, trimming
a decoration or adornment on a garment

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