variants or less commonly durag or du-rag
: a close-fitting, typically stretchable piece of cloth that is worn on the head (as to hold a hairstyle in place) and that usually has long ends which are tied in the back
He requires 11 of his players to wear suits after games while allowing his star to don baggy jeans, oversized designer T-shirts and do-rags.Jerry Bembry
On the day we first talk—when, she says, she is "dressing down"—her hair is partly covered by a do-rag, with a Pony baseball cap perched on it …Chris Heath
In Season 2 of the TV show "Atlanta," there's an episode called "Sportin' Waves." Tracy, who is looking for a job, won't take his durag off because he wants his hair to look good for an interview.Sandra E. Garcia
With his helmet off, his long, frenzied hair locks were contained by a du-rag.Benjamin Hochman
also : a bandanna or similar cloth worn tied around the head

Examples of do-rag in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was dressed in street clothes, including a do-rag. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 2 Oct. 2023 The 90 pieces on display include paintings, sculptures, basketball shoes, do-rags — and wigs. Mary Carole McCauley, Baltimore Sun, 6 Apr. 2023

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Word History


do entry 2 (hairdo)

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of do-rag was in 1968

Dictionary Entries Near do-rag

Cite this Entry

“Do-rag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a kerchief worn to cover the hair

from hairdo

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