An example of a tress is a lock of hair from a little girl's first hair cut.
Origin of tress
- Middle English tresse from Old French perhaps from Vulgar Latin trichia, tricia rope, braid from Greek trikhiā rope from thrix trikh- hair
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French tresce, of uncertain origin; possibly from Vulgar Latin *trichia < Ancient Greek. Compare French tresse, Italian treccia.