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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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 At TMIP, Baltzley, a white guy with dreadlocks, offered testing menus inspired by his explorations of Native American cooking — pemmican, bison, berries. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "What’s on the menu at Falmouth’s Buffalo Jump? ‘Weird food that only weirdos like’," 11 July 2018 Zsa Zsa bested a terrier with dreadlocks named Scamp to take home the win. Alix Langone, Time, "Zsa Zsa, The World's Ugliest Dog, Has Died Just 9 Days After Securing Her Title," 10 July 2018 So, too, model Vetle Emile Majambere's scene-stealing peroxided dreadlocks, which made the case for a coolly monochromatic moment. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "6 Beauty Tricks to Steal from the Mens Runways, From Glitter Bangs to Straight Edge Bobs," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of dreadlock

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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