corn·row | \ˈkȯrn-ˌrō \

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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See, the biggest thing about this isn't whether or not Kardashian West is 'allowed' to wear cornrows. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Wore Fulani Braids to the MTV Movie & TV Awards Despite Past Criticism," 18 June 2018 Kardashian West, with her hair braided into cornrows, paired a glittering silver sequined skirt with a white a crop top, while the family matriarch, 62, opted for the white double-breasted blazer and black pants. Mike Miller,, "Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner Have a Girls Night Out at MTV Movie & TV Awards as Kylie Bails," 16 June 2018 Kim's currently in hot water for braiding her hair into cornrows. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kim Kardashian Got Cornrows and People Have a LOT of Feelings," 29 Jan. 2018 Previously, female sailors with hair below the collar were limited to buns, braids or cornrows, according to Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Navy to allow women to wear their hair in ponytails, locks and other styles," 12 July 2018 In modern-day society, cornrows are often stigmatized and criminalized when worn by black people. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "We Interviewed 5 Cultural Appropriators at Coachella 2018," 20 Apr. 2018 That’s probably why Kawhi Leonard still wears cornrows, because there’s no one there to tell him to switch his hairstyle. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Forbes’ 10 Cities Where African Americans Are Doing the Best Economically Are All in the South," 16 Jan. 2018 In the past, she's been called out for sporting wigs styled in twists and cornrows. Kristin Corpuz, Teen Vogue, "Nikita Dragun Is Being Accused of Cultural Appropriation For Wearing Locs," 16 May 2018 A few days later, Baldwin talked Bieber into cornrows as the two enjoyed a sunny getaway. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "What's going on with Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin?," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of cornrow

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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