up·​do ˈəp-(ˌ)dü How to pronounce updo (audio)
plural updos
: an upswept hairdo

Examples of updo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Katie Holmes has been opting for many casual hairstyles, including an updo that was the epitome of a messy bun and perfect I-woke-up-like-this hair, lately. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 13 Sep. 2023 Swift accessorized her look with layered gold necklaces, silver and gold bracelets (including two by Melissa Kaye), and a stylish updo with full fringe. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 13 Sep. 2023 As for glam, Longoria wore an elegant updo with side bangs, a pointy chrome rose-gold manicure, shimmery silver eye shadow, dramatic lashes, and a pink glossy lip. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Aug. 2023 Jenner styled her three-piece corset with a seductive updo with a few romantic face-framing pieces pulled out in front, and a pair of white sateen sling-backs. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 23 Aug. 2023 Her regal updo showed off her diamond and pearl drop earrings and diamond necklace. Jessica Booth, Peoplemag, 15 Sep. 2023 For the event on September 14, Rita Ora arrived in a strapless black gown and her strategically undone updo. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 15 Sep. 2023 On a similar note, comedian Vena E.’s updo felt classic and chic. Essence, 13 Sep. 2023 When hair is really healthy, the outer layer of the shaft is extremely smooth, which doesn't lend itself to holding any style–ringlets to updos– in place. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 6 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History


upswept hairdo

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of updo was in 1938

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“Updo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/updo. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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