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of or relating to Afro-Americans or to black traditions, culture, etc.:
Afro societies; Afro hair styles.
a hair style originating with black persons, in which the hair is allowed to grow naturally and to acquire a bushy appearance.
a combining form of :
Afro-American; Afro-Asiatic.
Contemporary Examples

Tarantino still had his heart set on the Afro, but then Jackson stepped in.
The Secrets of ‘Pulp Fiction’: 20 Things You Didn’t Know About the Movie on Its 20th Anniversary Marlow Stern October 18, 2014

The Daily Pic: At Christie’s mega-sale, a work by Afro resists the masterpiece theory of art.
Million-Dollar Bargain Blake Gopnik November 14, 2012

During the ride, Jai Johany plays lacy Afro jazz on a cassette machine, frowning, saying nothing.
Stacks: Hitting the Note with the Allman Brothers Band Grover Lewis March 14, 2014

I was a dorky Indo-English kid with a South Asian Afro, and he was the all-American type, on the baseball team, et cetera.
How Aasif Mandvi Became Jon Stewart’s Favorite Jihadi Dean Obeidallah November 15, 2014

We were present to hear my father address his new federation, the Organization of Afro American Unity (OAAU).
How Betty Shabazz Persevered After Her Husband, Malcolm X, Was Killed Ilyasah Shabazz February 1, 2013

In that scene, Gloria is now herself wearing a kind of Afro, evidence of the trickle-down effect of hairstyles.
Oprah Winfrey’s Fashion Evolution in ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ Isabel Wilkinson August 14, 2013

Historical Examples

He may have it of scarlet, if he is fond of ornament, of webbing bis Afro murice tincta, or of scarlet and gold if he likes.
Hints on Horsemanship, to a Nephew and Niece George Greenwood

noun (pl) -ros
a hairstyle in which the hair is shaped into a wide frizzy bush
combining form
indicating Africa or African: Afro-Asiatic

“full, bushy hairstyle as worn by some blacks,” 1938, from Afro-. As a general adjective for black styles of clothing, music, etc., it is attested from 1966.

word-forming element meaning “African,” from Latin Afr-, stem of Afer, Afri “African” (see Africa), or directly from African.


: an Afro social club


A hairstyle worn by many blacks and some whites, usually with an exaggerated bouffant style of tightly curled hair
A black person


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