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1. A long lock or ringlet of hair.
2. Archaic A plait or braid of hair.
[Middle English tresse, from Old French, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *trichia, tricia, rope, braid, from Greek trikhiā, rope, from thrix, trikh-, hair.]
1. (Hairdressing & Grooming) (often plural) a lock of hair, esp a long lock of woman's hair
2. (Hairdressing & Grooming) a plait or braid of hair
(Hairdressing & Grooming) (tr) to arrange in tresses
[C13: from Old French trece, of uncertain origin]
1. Usu., tresses. long locks or curls of hair, esp. those of a woman.
2. Archaic. a plait or braid of hair, esp. that of a woman.
[1250–1300; Middle English tresse < Middle French, of uncertain orig.]
Tress(es)a plait; a braid or lock of hair.
Examples: tress of flowers; of hair, 1386; of rushes; of straw; leafy tresses of the wave, 1810; luxuriant tresses of the maidenhead fern, 1875; radiant tresses of the sun, 1641.
Past participle: tressed