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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Police discovered the dreadlocks in a bag in Rice’s car, and a crime lab analyst later determined that there was human blood not related to Rice on the hair. Annie Sciacca, The Mercury News, "East Bay man settles double-murder charges, bloody dreadlocks sealed the case," 9 Sep. 2019 October 2016 tweets from Crushers Club founder Sally Hazelgrove showed Hazelgrove, a white woman, cutting the dreadlocks of a black teen who is part of her program. Cindy Dampier, chicagotribune.com, "NFL’s donation to Englewood charity sparks an online storm — and reveals a case of ‘do-gooder syndrome’," 7 Sep. 2019 Occasionally, Scragg himself features in a post—black eye liner, druid-like face tattoos, a naval-length ginger beard that coalesces into a single dreadlock—a true influencer in the world of the macabre. Oscar Schwartz, WIRED, "There’s a Thriving Market for Human Body Parts on Instagram," 21 Aug. 2019 In the clip, a young black male wrestler had to allow a trainer to cut his long dreadlocks in order to meet the rules and continue competing. Christian Burno, Dallas News, "In 'Safe Place,' a Dallas artist places black women at the center of her Oak Cliff show," 15 Aug. 2019 His dreadlocks had been gathered in a pile at the top of his head. Sarah M. Broom, The New Yorker, "Who Stays Gone, and Who Can Afford to Return," 12 Aug. 2019 Newsom said the need for the protection entered the national political consciousness in December when a referee forced a black wrestler for a New Jersey high school to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit his match. Alexa Díaz, latimes.com, "California becomes first state to ban discrimination based on one’s natural hair," 3 July 2019 People of color often face discrimination for their hairstyles, including a black high school wrestler who was forced to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit his match in December. Michelle Lou, CNN, "A Georgia elementary school was criticized for a poster dictating hairstyles for black students," 2 Aug. 2019 Last month, a similar bill was introduced to the New Jersey Assembly and Senate after a Buena Regional High School wrestler cut his dreadlocks to avoid forfeiting a match. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Hair Discrimination Is Now Illegal In The State Of New York," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of dreadlock

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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