An example of a tress is a lock of hair from a little girl's first hair cut.
- Obs. a braid or plait of hair
- a lock of human hair
- [pl.] a woman's or girl's hair, esp. when long and falling loosely
Origin of tressMiddle English tresse from OFr, akin to Italian treccia from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Vulgar Latin an unverified form trichea, a plait
- A long lock or ringlet of hair.
- Archaic A plait or braid of hair.
Origin of tressMiddle English tresse from Old French perhaps from Vulgar Latin trichia, tricia rope, braid from Greek trikhiā rope from thrix trikh- hair
(third-person singular simple present tresses, present participle tressing, simple past and past participle tressed)
- To braid or knot hair.
From Old French tresce, of uncertain origin; possibly from Vulgar Latin *trichia < Ancient Greek. Compare French tresse, Italian treccia.