dread·​lock | \ ˈdred-ˌläk How to pronounce dreadlock (audio) \

Definition of dreadlock

1 : a narrow ropelike strand of hair formed by matting, braiding, or twisting
2 dreadlocks\ ˈdred-​ˌläks How to pronounce dreadlock (audio) \ plural : a hairstyle consisting of dreadlocks

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Other Words from dreadlock

dreadlocked \ ˈdred-​ˌläkt How to pronounce dreadlock (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dreadlock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tatis said, taking off his cap and letting his platinum dyed dreadlock hair flow. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "MLB's strange 2020 season gives players to freedom to shine – and connect with fans like never before," 23 Sep. 2020 Richter got an annoyed look and brushed a rogue dreadlock off her face. August Cole, Wired, "AI, AR, and the (Somewhat) Speculative Future of a Tech-Fueled FBI," 5 June 2020 Once was to avoid a group of four young adults with dreadlocks and wearing Birkenstocks and toe socks. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "60 days, 300 miles: How (a lot of) hiking helps our columnist cope with COVID-19 'isolation'," 14 May 2020 Not long ago, a Texas principal attempted to keep an African-American student from walking in his own graduation because of his dreadlocks. Lizzie Skurnick, New York Times, "Why Do Moms Obsess Over Their Kids’ Hair?," 16 Apr. 2020 Last year, Kaden would wear a headband to keep his dreadlocks off his shoulders, his mother said. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Second teen suspended over dreadlocks at Texas school," 24 Jan. 2020 Dwyane Wade, Gabrielle Union and Dove, the brand, invited De’Andre Arnold, an 18-year-old high school senior in Texas, to attend the Oscars after he was suspended in December for wearing dreadlocks. Jessica Testa, New York Times, "What Happened on the 2020 Oscars Red Carpet," 11 Feb. 2020 Last month, a Texas student was reportedly banned from school because of his decision to wear dreadlocks. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, "Protecting afros, twists, braids: Maryland county becomes first to ban hair discrimination," 7 Feb. 2020 This guy was really smart, wrote fiction, and wore dreadlocks. Laurie Espino, Seventeen, "The Butterfly Clues," 16 Apr. 2012

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First Known Use of dreadlock

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dreadlock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dreadlock. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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