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 From K-pop artists sporting dreadlocks and cornrows in their music videos to some even performing with blackface, many K-pop and K-hip hop artists have been slammed for stealing from black culture or being downright racist. Alicia Lee, CNN, "You know your K-pop stars. Now meet the American producers and songwriters behind them," 29 Mar. 2020 For her musical performance, Alicia's cornrows were completely slicked back and her low bun encased in a large jeweled wrapping. Audrey Noble, Allure, "All of Alicia Keys's Beauty Looks From the Grammys," 27 Jan. 2020 Protective styles, like knotless braids and artsy cornrows, were front and centre, while sleek bobs were also wildly popular. Aimee Simeon,, "15 Street Style Looks That Prove The Versatility of Black Hair," 18 Feb. 2020 In her preteen years, Rodriguez's mom used to style her hair in single braids and cornrows. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "The Allure Podcast: Mj Rodriguez on Learning to Articulate Her Identity," 20 Jan. 2020 Stylists Yusef Williams and Nafia White are responsible for creating Rihanna’s coveted cornrows and inspiring our next protective style to be completely transparent. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "9 Fulani Braid Styles That Are As Cool As Rihanna's," 3 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, Blue Ivy hopped happily around the sidelines in a mini motorcycle jacket, combat boots and her long braids in cornrows. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, "The Carter Family Stepped Out at Super Bowl 54 in Stylish Fits: See the New Pics," 3 Feb. 2020 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

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First Known Use of cornrow

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cornrow was in 1946

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“Cornrow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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