dread·​lock ˈdred-ˌläk How to pronounce dreadlock (audio)
plural dreadlocks
: a narrow ropelike strand of hair formed by matting, braiding, or twisting : lock
dreadlocks ˈdred-ˌläks How to pronounce dreadlock (audio) plural : a hairstyle consisting of dreadlocks : locks
dreadlocked adjective

Examples of dreadlock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Police described him as a Black male with a thin build, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall with short dreadlocks. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 18 June 2024 He is described as approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall with a thin build and short dreadlocks. CBS News, 16 June 2024 Last year, a 17-year-old Black student was suspended from his Texas high school after school officials claimed his dreadlocks violated the district’s dress and grooming code. Minnah Arshad, USA TODAY, 30 Jan. 2024 He’s described as Black, about 5-foot, 9-inches, 180 pounds with a slim build and dreadlocks. Thomas Tracy, New York Daily News, 20 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for dreadlock 

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Word History

First Known Use

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dreadlock was in 1960

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“Dreadlock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dreadlock. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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