One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A curl of hair worn on the temple or forehead.‘men wore frills and finery and let their hair grow into long lovelocks’
tress, tuft, curlView synonyms
- ‘I do sigh over those lovelocks; I can't help it.’
- ‘It arose from the puritans' custom of wearing their hair cut close round their heads, like apprentices, who shortened their hair to demonstrate their contempt for lovelocks.’
- ‘There were wide variations, from the braided lovelocks of French soldiers of the Revolutionary era to the bushy whiskers of Victorian officers.’
Late 16th century: from love and lock.
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