Definition of tress in English:

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Pronunciation: /trɛs/


(usually tresses)
A long lock of a woman’s hair: her golden tresses tumbled about her face
More example sentences
  • She reached up and pulled off the black wig, and her long golden tresses tumbled around her shoulders.
  • Her golden honey tresses were curled to perfection, falling around her face as if she were an angel.
  • He had ripped away one beloved hand and only a few strands remained of the once beautiful mane of golden tresses.
hair, head of hair, mane, mop of hair, shock of hair;
locks, curls, ringlets


[with object] archaic
Arrange (a person’s hair) into long locks.



[usually in combination]: a blonde-tressed sex symbol
More example sentences
  • The appearance of the brunette tressed (at the time) Rose in Season 4 was intended to fill the ancestral shoes of unexpectedly deceased big Halliwell sister Prue, played by everlasting bad girl Shannon Doherty.
  • It is to be hoped the happy event will rival the Hallowe'en nuptials of that gloriously tressed couple Belinda Cornish and Mark Meer.
  • Enough with staring wistfully at those better tressed than you.




Middle English: from Old French tresse, perhaps based on Greek trikha 'threefold'.

Words that rhyme with tress

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