up·​do | \ˈəp-(ˌ)dü \
plural updos

Definition of updo 

: an upswept hairdo

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One is a charming woman with a silver updo and a posh accent who introduces herself as Penelope and tells me she’s been on more than two dozen Silversea cruises. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "Sailing the South China Sea Is the Best Way to See Southeast Asia," 15 Nov. 2018 Teigen paired her look with her trademark subtle glow, a chic updo, and a jeweled clutch. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Stuns in First Post-Baby Red Carpet Appearance," 6 Sep. 2018 My hair takes on its own life in every episode — there's braids, there's twists, there's updos. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "What It's Really Like Being A Judge On Amy Poehler's Making It," 14 Aug. 2018 The first is that revealing back, which, with Princess Eugenie’s updo, highlighted the long scar running down her spine. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Princess Eugenie’s royal wedding: a fashion FAQ," 12 Oct. 2018 Click on for the most breathtaking ponytails, updos, braids, and more. Lindsay Schallon, Glamour, "30 Gorgeous Wedding Hair Ideas for Every Length," 9 Oct. 2018 And naturally, Dolce & Gabbana could be relied upon for an array of garden fresh looks, from a floral-adorned Afro to a wispy updo affixed with a single red rose, as seen on Emily Ratajkowski. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "6 Top Beauty Trends That Dominated Milan Fashion Week," 24 Sep. 2018 Meghan, on the other hand, normally wears a a loose updo. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Bye Bye, Messy Bun! Meghan Markle Debuts a New Polished Chignon (Just Like Kate!)," 22 May 2018 Waiting for These Steps to Work, Hide the Evidence Try a ponytail or updo. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "How to Get Rid of Dandruff," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of updo

1938, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for updo

upswept hairdo

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