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Locks of hair in which the individual hairs have been allowed or encouraged to mat together into ropelike masses.

[From Caribbean English dread, follower of Rastafarianism, from dread, righteous fear of God; see dread.]


pl n
(Hairdressing & Grooming) hair worn in the Rastafarian style of long matted or tightly curled strands



a hairstyle of many long ropelike locks.


[ˈdrɛdlɒks] npl (= hairstyle) → dreadlocks fpl


, dreads (inf)
plDreadlocks pl
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But at Sufi shrines you will find disco lighting, rhythmic chanting, and disciples with swami-esque matted dreadlocks.
A 47-year-old businessman from Siaya town on Monday cut off his dreadlocks to express excitement over Raila Odinga's swearing in as the People's President.
FORMER football star Jose Quitongo has cut off his trademark dreadlocks to raise cash for a cancer-stricken tot.
THE owner of a dog which was left severely matted and covered in dreadlocks after years of neglect has been banned from keeping animals for life.
We have our rights, that somebody is carrying dreadlocks does not make him or her a bad person; we want the police to join us to achieve this dream of New Warri where everyone's right will be protected.
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Joe, aged 31, will have his beloved dreadlocks - which measure 4ft 2ins - lopped in a show of support for dad Graham, recently diagnosed with pancreatic and bone cancer.
According to the animal facility, a whopping two pounds of matted hair was removed from the suffering pet, which was anesthetized while the dreadlocks were being carefully shorn off.
Shoulder-length dreadlocks are sold for up to R700, while longer ones cost as much as R2500.
Mr Whyte, who was from Aigburth and nicknamed Rasta Mark because of his dreadlocks, suffered multiple injuries after being hit by a white Volkswagen Golf near the Territorial Army centre.
A WOMAN with 55ft-long dreadlocks met her hairdresser hubby after he saw her record-breaking tresses online.
The author has organized the chapters that make up the main body of his text in six parts devoted to the origins of his hairstyle, the growth of his hair, the process of twisting his hair into dreadlocks, and a wide variety of other related subjects.