of or relating to Afro-Americans or to black traditions, culture, etc.: Afro societies; Afro hair styles.

noun, plural Af·ros.

a hair style originating with black persons, in which the hair is allowed to grow naturally and to acquire a bushy appearance.

Origin of Afro

First recorded in 1965–70; independent use of Afro-


a combining form of Africa: Afro-American; Afro-Asiatic.
Also especially before a vowel, Afr-.

Origin of Afro-

< Latin Āfr- (stem of Āfer an African) + -o- Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for afro

Contemporary Examples of afro

Historical Examples of afro

British Dictionary definitions for afro


noun plural -ros

a hairstyle in which the hair is shaped into a wide frizzy bush

Word Origin for Afro

C20: independent use of Afro-


combining form

indicating Africa or AfricanAfro-Asiatic
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for afro



"full, bushy hairstyle as worn by some blacks," 1938, from Afro-. As a general adjective for black styles of clothing, music, etc., it is attested from 1966.


word-forming element meaning "African," from Latin Afr-, stem of Afer, Afri "African" (see Africa), or directly from African.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper