A traditional African style of hair grooming where the hair is braided very close to the scalp. Often favored for their easy maintenance, cornrows can be left in for weeks at a time if maintained through careful washing of the hair and regular oiling of the scalp.
Cornrows are often adorned with beads or cowry shells.
by CrosswordPuzzle October 31, 2011
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A hairstyle popular among African American men & women, as well as women getting sew-in extensions (or weave); the hair is tightly braided on the scalp in a series of either symmetrical or intricately designed rows, looking similar to rows of corn. For the installation of hair extensions/weave ("sew-in"), the hair is again tightly braided on the scalp, but only by single braided sections about 1-2 inches apart from each other; the extensions (or "tracks") are then sewn-in to the single cornrow braid, secured, then repeated on the next cornrow braid.
Damn, Jamal! Them cornrows clean as hell!! Who braided you up?
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A hairstyle, worn prominently by young black males, that braids the hair to the scalp in a series of rows, looking like a farmer's field in symmetry. Made popular by many basketball players and actors.
They wrapped my cornrows so tight I have a headache.
by Denis Baldwin September 24, 2003
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One of several protective methods used to prevent breakage of kinky, nappy, tightly curled or coily hair. These braiding techniques were brought to the New World by African slaves and knowledge of these traditions were passed from generation to generation whereever black Africans were enslaved.

Traditionally these hairstyles were only used by women and little girls. Presently cornrows are a non-gender specific style used for convenience and protection of kinky hair.
Measha becomes deeply offended when she hears whites and Asians refer to cornrows as just a hairstyle.
by Kia Locke November 23, 2006
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The terms cornrows, corn rows and corn rolls are often confused. Corn rolls are a baked good and corn rows are rows of corn plants in a field. Cornrows are infact the style of hair worn by African Americans. The single term "cornrows" dates back to when African Americans primarily worked in agricultural settings and refers to the similarities between the hairstyle and straight rows of corn with spaces in between. This is not the same term as Corn Rolls which refer to a baked good. Althought there does seem to be a small fraction (less than 2% of internet sites) that refer to "corn rolls" as a type of hairstyle the vast majority use the term "cornrows."
Yo check out my cornrows in my hair.
by cs_weaver November 3, 2006
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Definition of the Trippout Cornrow. The man known for having one of the worst trippouts known to mankind. The name comes from a group of ghetto sages sitting on a porch drunk. The sages known as Skeet, Scoop, Devon, Snake, Veechie, and 5-Wack. Some of the above were also members of the Infamous DOA (Driven on Adrenaline)
Cornrow! Whatup! Your the BEER SAVIOUR!!.... haha! look at that tripout Go!
by Cornrow Cornelious October 21, 2004
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a hairstyle worn by allen iverson... dey are soo sexy.
mmm hiz cornrows b makin muh mouf water
by SeXXi KaY KaY April 27, 2005
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