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

Your school and your barber might be in El Paso, but your church and your dentist might be in Ciudad Juárez. Manuel Roig-franzia, The Seattle Times, "A Mexican-American daughter’s search for her father’s sanity," 31 Aug. 2018 There’s a scene early in the second episode of Sharp Objects where Detective Richard Willis (Chris Messina) is talking to his barber about the flowers left in the window sill where Natalie Keene’s body was found, right in the center of town. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Pointed Observations About Sharp Objects Episode 2," 16 July 2018 And his longtime barber from Harbor Barbers in East Chicago makes free house calls to cut Perez’s hair. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Event to benefit Highland police officer, 36, who suffered a stroke," 19 June 2018 This strikes at the inner sanctum: your lawyer, your CPA, your barber, your therapist, your bartender. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Why Mark Zuckerberg is embracing more regulation of political ads on Facebook," 10 Apr. 2018 Camille always seems to be driving around Wind Gap, allowing the camera to focus on the giant golden M next to the town’s picturesque candy store and barber, or on the Dairy Queen adjacent to the liquor store. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Twisted, Enthralling Rot of Sharp Objects," 7 July 2018 The Italians took jobs as barbers, shoemakers and grocers and also contributed to the city’s fruit and vegetable trade. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "Early immigrants to Indianapolis and their hard-won path to citizenship," 22 June 2018 In the Red Hills of Georgia on the Ochlockonee River, the town has three art galleries, an antiques market, and a folksy main street with a bookstore, a barber, and a cheese shop. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Century-Old Millpond Plantation Is the Height of Southern Charm," 19 Oct. 2018 Playboi Carti, who was still in his street clothes (a yellow-and-black ensemble by Vlone), had his facial hair groomed by a heavily tattooed barber and his braids oiled. Ben Detrick, New York Times, "Playboi Carti Conquers the Paris Runway," 29 June 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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