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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.]
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pl n
(Hairdressing & Grooming) hair worn in the Rastafarian style of long matted or tightly curled strands
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a hairstyle of many long ropelike locks.
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[ˈdrɛdlɒks] npl (= hairstyle) → dreadlocks fpl
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, dreads (inf)
plDreadlocks pl
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In yet another example of disregard for basic Human Rights, soldiers of the Nigerian Army are reported to have swooped on residents in the commercial hub of Aba to shave off the hair of young men with dreadlocks and colour dye before taking them to unknown destination.
DREADLOCKS, Afros and cornrows will be among styles protected under a Californian law banning discrimination against people based on their natural hair.
California on Wednesday became the first US state to ban racial discrimination based on hairstyle, passing a law to ensure afros and dreadlocks can be worn at all schools and offices.
I mean, who can blame us, we have a few good things from them.Moreover,there is no refuting that dreadlocks have been a part of African culture from time immemorial.
His sojourn into politics some years ago is believed to have been the main reason he shaved his dreadlocks and picked a new look.
Viral video was circulating social media during the weekend for a high school wrestler who was forced to cut his dreadlocks rather than forfeit the game.
I am not a Bobo--Boboshantis are also known as Bobos or Bobodreads--but I have matted and kinked my scalp hair into rope-like tresses commonly known as dreadlocks, a term which has roots in Rastafari, for eleven years because of my political affiliation with Rastafari.
Pioneer of hiplife music, Reggie Rockstone has cut off his dreadlocks - his most popular brand identity.
In September last year Chikayzea Flanders was taken away from his classmates and told that his dreadlocks did not comply with the school's uniform and appearance policy - and must be cut off.
The 'Greatest Showman' actor debuted his new dreadlocks on Instagram on Thursday with the caption 'Just for fun', which later provoked people online to call him out for appropriating black culture without respecting its origin or significance.
A BIRMINGHAM student was left "angry and upset" after being turned away from a temping agency because she has dreadlocks.
It appeared to include a ban against male dreadlocks, braids and ponytails.