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  • noun Plural form of tress.
  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of tress.


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  • You seriously expect me to read a YA novel from someone using the word tresses?

    Archive 2006-09-03

  • "Thou shalt have it, severed from my head by this accursed steel," answered Wallace, taking off his bonnet, and letting his amber locks fall in tresses on his shoulders.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • It consists of a cap made of coloured silk, embroidered either with gold or pearls, made like a boy's cap, and placed on the top of the head; the hair hangs down in tresses, and over it is thrown a light tulle veil; the gown opens in front, showing a thin handkerchief; and over the dress is

    Glimpses of Life and Manners in Persia

  • Her features were partly concealed by the beautiful luxuriance of her auburn hair, which curling round her face, descended in tresses on her bosom; every feminine grace played around her; and the simple dignity of her air declared the purity and the nobility of her mind.

    The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne: A Highland Story

  • The whole city was poured forth to behold with curiosity and terror the aspect of a strange people: their long hair, which hung in tresses down their backs, was gracefully bound with ribbons, but the rest of their habit appeared to imitate the fashion of the Huns.

    The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • And if it be not bare of tresses, that is nature's doing, not her own.

    NPNF1-12. Saint Chrysostom: Homilies on the Epistles of Paul to the Corinthians

  • A simpleton might have constructed a tragedy out of this trivial circumstance, -- how she had cast herself from the window into the waters beneath it, -- how she had been thrust out after a struggle, of which this shred from her tresses was the dreadful witness, -- and so on.

    The Guardian Angel

  • Her tresses were a raven black, but her skin was white and polished as ivory.

    Valentine M'Clutchy, The Irish Agent The Works of William Carleton, Volume Two

  • Neither was the affair easily redressed: the wig swung buoyantly in the playful breezes: to catch it was hard, to release it without injuring the tresses was a matter of nicety: ladies were heard approaching from Rydal

    The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 2

  • In the same vein, in light of the synonym rest for sleep in Keats's epigraph, we may find further anagrammed in "tresses" exactly what sleep most deeply shares with poetry, besides the visions generated and sustained by each: namely, the recurrent rhythm of rest after stress.

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian


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