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Tress \Tress\, n. [OE. tresse, OF. trece, F. tresse, LL. tricia, fr. Gr. tri`cha threefold, because a tress is usually formed by interlacing three pieces; akin to trei^s three. See Three.]

  1. A braid, knot, or curl, of hair; a ringlet.

    Her yellow hair was braided in a tress.

    Fair tresses man's imperial race insnare.

  2. Fig.: A knot or festoon, as of flowers.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, "long lock of hair," from Old French tresse "a plait or braid of hair" (12c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *trichia "braid, rope," from Greek trikhia "rope," from thrix (genitive trikhos) "hair." Related: Tresses.


"arrange in tresses," mid-14c., from Old French trecier (12c.), from tresse (see tress (n.)).


n. 1 A braid, knot, or curl, of hair; a ringlet. 2 (context by extension English) A knot or festoon, as of flowers. vb. To braid or knot hair.


n. a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair [syn: braid, plait, twist]


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Usage examples of "tress".

Maud, however, without a hat of any sort, her long, luxuriant, silken, golden tresses covering her shoulders, and occasionally veiling her warm, rich cheek, was exercising with a battledore, keeping Little Smash, now increased in size to quite fourteen stone, rather actively employed as an assistant, whenever the exuberance of her own spirits caused her to throw the plaything beyond her reach.

In the half-light she looked like the legends of the Windchild, with her golden tresses billowing around her.

But instead of it lovingly caressing her hair, the way it had in the quiet glen outside the hidden cave, it blew her tresses around her face with a confident strength.

Sometimes, Mamo and Tress read aloud to each other, after Tress walks home from school.

But Tress thinks she saw lumps in the bag before Mamo and Grania left the house.

When they pass the Catholic church, Tress gives her a poke because they are in the exact spot where Mamo crosses herself every time she goes past in the buggy.

There is no Tress to be her go-between, no older brother, no smaller brother, no Father, no Mother, no Mamo to be her comfort.

At the bottom of her drawer are two letters she has received from home, one from Mamo and one from Tress.

Before she hugs Father and Mother and Mamo and Tress and the boys, and before she boards the steamer at the wharf across from her house on the corner of Mill Street and Main, she looks north, to the town she is leaving for the second time.

She had fallen back into her old cocoon, no longer looking to Mamo and Tress to see what was going on.

When Kenan could tolerate an extra lesson, Grania visited Fridays as well, leaving Tress and Mamo to go without her to the Red Cross work room.

Protected by Mother and Father, extras added by Mamo and Tress, later by Patrick, and whatever could be picked up from Bernard, who was older than the others and most often at work in the hotel.

It is Mamo, too, who dreamed up the idea that she herself would move into the little house with Kenan while Tress has three days away on her own.

There was also a weeping willow close by, whose pensile tresses of new verdure touched the half-broken walls of earth underneath.

Bunny with the disdain that natives of Perv had for most other races, completely unconcerned that live spiders swung from her lank tresses, or that her skin appeared to be peeling before their eyes.