Tress (?), n. [OE. tresse, OF. trece, F. tresse, LL. tricia, fr. Gr. tri`cha threefold, because a tress is usually formed by interlacing three pieces; akin to trei^s three. See Three.]


A braid, knot, or curl, of hair; a ringlet.

Her yellow hair was braided in a tress. Chaucer.

Fair tresses man's imperial race insnare. Pope.


Fig.: A knot or festoon, as of flowers.



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