dreadlock

noun
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

Other Words from dreadlock

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

Examples of dreadlock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another student alleges that a teacher at the school cut a dreadlock from the student's head without his permission after his glasses became stuck on his head. Evan Simko-bednarski And Maya Brown, CNN, 16 Oct. 2021 One teacher allegedly cut off a student’s dreadlock and threw it in the trash, the parents say. NBC News, 11 Oct. 2021 Tatis said, taking off his cap and letting his platinum dyed dreadlock hair flow. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 23 Sep. 2020 Richter got an annoyed look and brushed a rogue dreadlock off her face. August Cole, Wired, 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, 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, 16 Apr. 2020 Last year, Kaden would wear a headband to keep his dreadlocks off his shoulders, his mother said. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, 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, 11 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of dreadlock

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 24 Jan. 2022.

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