from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A lock of hair hanging separately from the rest of the hair, as one tied with ribbon and worn by courtiers during the 1600s and 1700s.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A long lock of hair hanging prominently by itself; an earlock; -- worn by men of fashion in the reigns of Elizabeth and James I.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A lock of hair that hangs down and is worn apart from the hair that remains.
  • noun A flowing lock of hair that is dressed apart from the hair that remains.


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  • "Sooner have me as I am than some poet chap with bearsgrease, plastery hair lovelock over his dexter optic."

    Joyce, Ulysses, 13

    January 14, 2007