from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Archaic Ornamental embroidery or braiding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Ornamental embroidery
  • n. A braid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Breadth.
  • n. A braid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See bread.
  • To roast.
  • n. See bread,braid


Variant of braid.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • From the OED:

    (n.) Applied by the poets to things that show or suggest interweaving of colours, or embroidery, esp. to the prismatic colouring of the rainbow. But used by some modern writers in sense of 'colouring, dye', apparently from misunderstanding their predecessors.

    1869 LOWELL Seaweed iv,
    The same wave that rims the Carib shore
    With momentary brede of pearl and gold.

    June 28, 2007