Afro

noun
Af·​ro | \ ˈa-(ˌ)frō How to pronounce Afro (audio) \
plural Afros

Definition of Afro

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a hairstyle of tight curls in a full evenly rounded shape
variants: or Afr-

Definition of Afro- (Entry 2 of 2)

: African Afro-American : African and Afro-Asiatic

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Noun

Afro

In the meaning defined above

Other Words from Afro

Noun

Afroed \ ˈa-​(ˌ)frōd How to pronounce Afro (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of Afro

Noun

1966, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Afro

Noun

derivative of afro-, taken as adjective

Combining form

Latin Āfr-, Āfer "of Africa" + -o- — more at african entry 2

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“Afro.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Afro. Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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