[ kawrn-roh ]

  1. a type of braid, originating in Africa, in which a narrow strip of hair is plaited tightly against the scalp from front to back or from side to side.

  2. Usually cornrows. a hairstyle consisting of such braids in close parallel rows.

verb (used with object)
  1. to arrange (hair) in cornrows.

Origin of cornrow

An Americanism dating back to 1970–75; corn1 + row1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cornrow in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cornrow


/ (ˈkɔːnˌrəʊ) /

  1. a Black, originally African, hair-style in which the hair is plaited in close parallel rows, resembling furrows in a ploughed field

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