barber

noun
bar·​ber | \ ˈbär-bər How to pronounce barber (audio) \

Definition of barber

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: one whose business is cutting and dressing hair, shaving and trimming beards, and performing related services

barber

verb
barbered; barbering\ ˈbär-​b(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce barbering (audio) \

Definition of barber (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to perform the services of a barber for : trim or groom the hair or beard of

intransitive verb

: to perform the services of a barber

Barber

biographical name
Bar·​ber | \ ˈbär-bər How to pronounce Barber (audio) \

Definition of Barber (Entry 3 of 3)

Samuel 1910–1981 American composer

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Examples of barber in a Sentence

Noun

He goes to a barber downtown. went to the barber to get his hair cut and his beard trimmed

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Three Black barbers are the faces of a vegan food shop in New Orleans, determined to show everyone that being vegan doesn’t mean eating bland food. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "3 Black Barbers Are Giving New Orleans Vegan Food, With A Twist," 4 June 2019 It is often described informally by imagining a man in a town who is a barber. Eugenia Cheng, WSJ, "Paradoxes, From Your Coffee to Calculus," 25 July 2018 In east Charlotte, a pair of barbers want to prevent that from happening. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "As paintball assaults spiked in Charlotte, some feared real bullets would follow," 1 June 2018 Black barbers in his Milwaukee neighborhood had been expertly wielding clippers to shape his friends’ ’fros, but couldn’t seem to tame his mop. Leilani Marie Labong, SFChronicle.com, "At the Culture of Hair salon, the mission is top of mind — and head," 5 July 2018 Female barbers in Delaware are few and far between. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Parents silenced in family court, LOVE sculpture artist dies | Morning Newsletter," 22 May 2018 The new members included Pfeifer's sister, Rise (pronounced ree-see), who now plays keyboards, and Bob Jensen, who has logged more than 45 years with the band as a bass player but is also a longtime barber in Edgerton. Barry Adams, chicagotribune.com, "Wisconsin garage band going strong after more than 50 years," 18 May 2018 The Headlines trailer, a mobile barber shop in West Texas, is often busy with oil workers in need of a trim well into the night. Rebecca Elliott, WSJ, "In This Oil Boom Town, Even a Barber Can Make $180,000," 1 Mar. 2019 Jeff Timmins’ barbershop, with a traditional blue-and-red striped barber pole out front, sits across the street from the pizzeria. Washington Post, "An English city puzzles over a spy who came in from the cold," 13 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Roger Federer, while not infallible, can play when there is barbered grass underfoot. The Si Staff, SI.com, "Wimbledon 2018 Preview Roundtable: Predictions, Dark Horses, More," 29 June 2018 Ethos, Jacobs’ barbering biz featuring a traveling grooming station, was born. Elizabeth Wellington, Philly.com, "A mobile barbershop experience that elevates the culture of the gentleman | Elizabeth Wellington," 21 June 2018 Missouri law requires a training course of 1,000 hours for barbering and 1,500 hours for hairdressing, followed by a licensing exam. Tony Rizzo, kansascity, "African-style hair braiders lose appeal of Missouri licensing law," 11 Jan. 2018 The center offers auto and collision training in several garage bays, a welding shop, a dental lab, a cosmetology and barbering center, graphic arts and a culinary arts program. Carole Carlson, Post-Tribune, "New Gary Career Center director touts plans to fill empty classrooms," 23 Dec. 2017 But barbering was hard on daddy’s feet, and mother was homesick. WSJ, "Wanda Jackson Helped Put the Growl in Rockabilly," 19 Dec. 2017 There are still all kinds of souvenirs and reminders of the two Italian barbers and their customers: postcards stuck into the mirrors, decades of shavers and other barbering gadgetry. Polly Campbell, Cincinnati.com, "A cut and a cappuccino on Garfield Place: Ferrari Barbershop and Coffee Co.," 12 Oct. 2017 Rosa had secured a job at the Stockton Sewing Company doing piecework and Raymond was barbering again. Jeanne Theoharis, The Root, "The Story of Rosa Parks’ Detroit Home Reveals Hard Truths About Her Life in the ‘Northern Promised Land That Wasn’t’," 7 Sep. 2017 HRC could've set up housekeeping in Fond du Lac for four months and it would've been wasted effort if her base voters had their franchise barbered in a dozen ways. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "Let's Call 'Cultural Anxiety' What It Is," 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of barber

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for barber

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French barbour, from barbe beard — more at barb

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barber

noun

English Language Learners Definition of barber

: a person whose job is to cut men's hair

barber

noun
bar·​ber | \ ˈbär-bər How to pronounce barber (audio) \

Kids Definition of barber

: a person whose business is cutting hair and shaving and trimming beards

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