I. transitive verb Etymology: Middle English breyden to move suddenly, snatch, plait, from Old English bregdan; akin to Old High German brettan to draw (a sword) Date: before 12th century 1. a. to make from braids <
braid a rug
b. to form (three or more strands) into a braid 2. to do up (the hair) by interweaving three or more strands 3. mix, intermingle <
braid fact with fiction
4. to ornament especially with ribbon or braid • braider noun II. noun Date: 1530 1. a. a length of braided hair b. a cord or ribbon having usually three or more component strands forming a regular diagonal pattern down its length; especially a narrow fabric of intertwined threads used especially for trimming 2. high-ranking naval officers

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