dreadlock

noun dread·lock \ ˈdred-ˌläk \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of dreadlock

1 : a narrow ropelike strand of hair formed by matting, braiding, or twisting
2 dreadlocks plural : a hairstyle consisting of dreadlocks

dreadlocked

play \-ˌläkt\ adjective

Recent Examples of dreadlock from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dreadlock.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of dreadlock

1960


Learn More about dreadlock


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up dreadlock? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

food, provisions, or a tasty dish

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!