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 dreadlocks (audio)\ plural : a hairstyle consisting of dreadlocks

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

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Only over the past five years has the U.S. military relaxed its racist rules and finally allowed styles like cornrows, twists, afros, and dreadlocks. Jeneé Osterheldt, BostonGlobe.com, "Miss Teen USA is more than her hair, but those natural curls help teach girls to love themselves," 10 June 2019 In a world of weaves and processed hair there is a growing movement for natural hair — that is to say curls, afros, dreadlocks, twists, cornrows and braids — particularly here in South Florida with the region’s embrace of Caribbean culture. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, "Royal Coils hair expo returns to Fort Lauderdale on Sunday," 7 June 2019 These sisters, based in Sweden, showcase the most stunning images of their pristine skin and thigh-grazing dreadlocks. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "20 Inspiring Beauty Instagram Accounts Led by Women of Color," 29 Apr. 2019 That was the inspiration for Flynt to have dreadlocks. Laurie Espino, Seventeen, "The Butterfly Clues," 16 Apr. 2012 Her hair was plaited into dreadlocks, covered with thick paste, and finished with tassels that looked like cows’ tails. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Going Off-Grid in Namibia," 21 Dec. 2018 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 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

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First Known Use of dreadlock

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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