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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Serena Williams Wore Cornrows on the Teen Vogue Cover On December 12, 2018, Serena Williams became the first person ever to wear cornrows on the cover of Teen Vogue. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Shade Inclusivity, Photoshop Bans, and Other Major Beauty Industry Wins in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Last week, beauty guru Jeffree Star faced backlash from fans for wearing cornrows in a shoot for Jeffree Star Cosmetics' upcoming holiday campaign. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Jackie Aina Publicly Denounces Jeffree Star Over "Blatantly Racist Behavior"," 1 Oct. 2018 Last night in London, Delevingne exchanged a mane of extended cornrows for a gamine chop that felt one part boy band, one part elfish, and entirely fresh. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Cara Delevingne Masters the Transitional Dye Job—Just in Time for Fall," 27 Aug. 2018 Natural hair styles like locs, cornrows, and afros were proudly displayed above the crowds; ruffled pant suits, wide cut motorcycle pants, and flower crowns stretched across the lawns; blue, glitter, and dark shadows glimmered across the eyelids. Elijah Craig Ii, Teen Vogue, "25 Natural Hairstyles from Afropunk 2018 to Try Now," 28 Aug. 2018 But the most eye-catching element of her look is the classic cornrows, her braids hitting just past her shoulders. Marci Robin, Allure, "Michelle Obama Posted the Cutest Throwback Photo of Her College Cornrows," 23 May 2018 His hair was styled into cornrows at the top and a crew cut on the side. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Manny the Masher, Manny the Miscreant & Macho Manny," 23 Oct. 2018 Shipp worked with hairstylist Rio Sreedharan and makeup artist Tobi Henney to create a navy smoky eye paired with cornrows for the night. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "A Rising Star in Paris on Acne, Cheese, and Skin Positivity," 29 May 2018 At the fall shows, it was seen in cornrows at Marchesa (above), mini mohawks at Tibi, and halos at Naeem Khan. Jamie Rosen, Town & Country, "The Braid That Takes Years Off Your Face," 8 Apr. 2014

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First Known Use of cornrow

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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