Definition of cornrows in English:


plural noun

  • (especially among black people) a style of braiding and plaiting the hair in narrow strips to form geometric patterns on the scalp.

    ‘the company refused to let her wear cornrows’
    • ‘Her hair hung in braids, almost like cornrows, but prettier.’
    • ‘He left a few chunks of hair free along the hairline to cornrow and plait over the existing cornrows.’
    • ‘And the quiet one with the almost exotic coloring, honey contacts, and black hair in cornrows was Shane.’
    • ‘A smiling Giovanni arrives - a slender waiflike figure in her trademark dark suit and tie, summery yellow gingham shirt, and her hair in cornrows - looking as cool as an Italian ice.’
    • ‘Fresh off being named to his fifth Pro Bowl, Moss sported a new look by letting out his trademark cornrows into a wild Afro hairstyle.’
    • ‘This dazzling mix of cornrows and twists was created by Diane Bailey of the Tendrils Salon in Brooklyn.’
    • ‘Lana's breath stopped short as a young woman with dusky skin and dark brown-black hair pulled into tight cornrows got out.’
    • ‘Barbara Dement of the Shear Madness Salon in Washington, D.C., created these get-up-and-go cornrows by twisting the hair instead of braiding it.’
    • ‘He had curly black hair that he wore in braided cornrows.’
    • ‘A bloke who normally wears his locks in braids or cornrows, Tuitavake appeared with straight hair and accompanying amounts of self-conscious embarrassment.’
    • ‘For a low-maintenance and carefree look for the spring, hair stylists suggest wearing cornrows or adding texture to your hair.’
    • ‘Jill loves African-inspired dos, so she has fun with looks like cornrows and twists and threaded styles.’
    • ‘He was short and stocky, hair braided in long thick cornrows.’
    • ‘Hair at the front of the head was braided in diagonal cornrows from the crown to the ends.’
    • ‘Patrice had her hair braided into cornrows by a couple of girls.’
    • ‘Of course, at the end of the show, I noticed Tyra was wearing almost the same exact thing, except with her hair in cornrows.’
    • ‘Who can forget the various signature cornrows, elaborate twists and other styles that the sisters have adopted to stand out from each other?’
    • ‘I braided my hair back from my forehead in cornrows and continued the braids all down my back.’
    • ‘A week later Bassett is away from her husband and back home in Los Angeles, wearing cornrows and forcing herself to read scripts that often don't come close to what she sees for herself.’
    • ‘Avoid styles that cause too much tension with prolonged wear, like tight ponytails and cornrows.’
    plait, pigtail, twist
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