dread·​lock | \ˈdred-ˌläk \

Definition of dreadlock 

1 : a narrow ropelike strand of hair formed by matting, braiding, or twisting

2 dreadlocks plural : a hairstyle consisting of dreadlocks

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dreadlocked \-​ˌläkt \ adjective

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The impromptu parade included a girl in a pink helmet, a boy with yellow handlebars, and a bearded hipster with dreadlocks flowing in the summer breeze. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "Will Kansas City ever be bike-friendly? The city is about to roll out a plan," 13 July 2018 The passenger of the car is described as a black man in his 20s, standing 6 feet tall with dreadlocks, wearing a black shirt and red pants. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Men steal cellphones from juvenile pedestrians in separate Oak Park incidents: police," 3 July 2018 Zac Efron seems to have ditched the hairspray and chosen dreadlocks as his latest hairdo, as displayed in a new Instagram photo from his vacation in Hawaii. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Zac Efron's New Dreadlocks Spark Twitter Debate: Is It 'Cultural Appropriation' or Just a Hairstyle?," 6 July 2018 Two technicians at the shelter in Houston, Texas, spent an hour painstakingly removing 1.2-lbs. of fur and dreadlocks following his arrival earlier this month. Fox News, "Abandoned dog with one eye undergoes incredible transformation," 26 Apr. 2018 According to police, the gunman is described as a black man, in his 20s, standing 5-foot-7, with a thin build, long black dreadlocks. Steve Schering, chicagotribune.com, "Two men, one with a gun, robbed pedestrian in southeast Oak Park, police say," 15 June 2018 The complaint said the company interpreted that policy to ban dreadlocks, a style that has long been worn by people of African descent, documents said. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Dreadlocks cost black woman a job. She wants the US Supreme Court to hear her case | Miami Herald," 23 Apr. 2018 By that logic, a company policy that bans dreadlocks cannot be a form of intentional discrimination. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Chastity Jones’s lawyers argue that racial stereotypes can be evidence of job discrimination.," 18 Apr. 2018 The lawsuit is asking Chief U.S. District Judge Patricia Gaughan to declare unconstitutional the state policies that ban dreadlocks and to allow Rastafarians to grow them. Eric Heisig, cleveland.com, "Rastafarian inmate asks court to keep prison officials from cutting his dreadlocks," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of dreadlock

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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