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dreadlocks

[dred-loks]
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noun (used with a plural verb)
  1. a hair style, especially among Rastafarians, in which the hair is worn in long, ropelike locks.
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Origin of dreadlocks

First recorded in 1955–60; dread + lock2 + -s3
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Related Words for dreadlocks

hairdo, haircut, braid, headdress, dreadlocks, ponytail, trim, flip, wave, hair, permanent, tail, plait, tease, beehive, DA, Afro, do, cut

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British Dictionary definitions for dreadlocks

dreadlocks

pl n
  1. hair worn in the Rastafarian style of long matted or tightly curled strands
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Word Origin and History for dreadlocks

n.

1960, from dread + locks (see lock (n.2)). The style supposedly based on that of East African warriors. So called from the dread they presumably aroused in beholders, but Rastafarian dread (1974) also has a sense of "fear of the Lord," expressed in part as alienation from contemporary society.

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