corn·​row | \ ˈkȯrn-ˌrō How to pronounce cornrow (audio) \

Definition of cornrow

1 : a section of hair which is braided usually flat to the scalp
2 : a hairstyle in which the hair is divided into cornrow sections arranged in rows

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Recent Examples on the Web Johnson braided the singer's hair into six chunky cornrows and then pulled it into a simple chignon at the base of her neck, using T3 tools and Emerge hair products. Rachel Marlowe, The Hollywood Reporter, "Alicia Keys’ Natural Beauty Look Wins the Grammys," 27 Jan. 2020 The singer's hair, which was curled in Veronica Lake-style waves the day before, was braided into cornrows and tied back into a low ponytail. Sophia Panych, Allure, "Beyoncé's Makeup Artist Spills the Details of Her 2018 Grammy Awards Look," 28 Jan. 2018 People of color have been forced to regard natural and popular hairstyles — such as bantu knots, box braids, cornrows, dreadlocks, or Afros — as liabilities in the workplace, housing and public accommodations. Sharon Coolidge,, "'Your hair is your identity.' Cincinnati could be first city to outlaw discrimination based on natural hair.," 2 Oct. 2019 For Justine Skye, that meant a mane of interminable braids swung to a lavender finish, the elevated cornrows eliciting above-neck envy. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Karlie Kloss, Zoë Kravitz, and More," 29 July 2018 The slideshow of photos reveals two feed-in cornrows tied near the nape of her neck, giving way to the loose, waist-length curls cascading over both of her shoulders. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "Simone Biles's Curly, Waist-Length Ponytails Are Sending Fans Into a Frenzy," 8 Nov. 2019 For the outing, Mitchell sported a black corset-like top paired with trousers while Babel, 39, sported a blue suit and styled his hair in cornrows. Robyn Merrett,, "Shay Mitchell and Matte Babel Party at Drake's Birthday Days After Announcing Birth of Baby Girl," 24 Oct. 2019 At Brandon Maxwell models hit the catwalk in cornrows with baby hair that was as full as their unibrows. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "7 New York Fashion Week Hair Trends To Try Right Now," 19 Sep. 2019 Her cornrows and Chandler’s disdain for them were one thing. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "‘Friends’ Is Turning 25. Here’s Why We Can’t Stop Watching it.," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of cornrow

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Feb 2020

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“Cornrow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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