bar·​ber·​shop | \ ˈbär-bər-ˌshäp How to pronounce barbershop (audio) \

Definition of barbershop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a barber's place of business



Definition of barbershop (Entry 2 of 2)

: of a style of unaccompanied group singing of popular songs usually marked by highly conventionalized close harmony

Examples of barbershop in a Sentence

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On another occasion, Love attended an Abrams event at a local barbershop. Brittney Cooper, Marie Claire, "Stacey Abrams Is Just Getting Started," 11 Mar. 2019 Just around the corner from the barbershop is a rock and plaque commemorating the first kiss between the former president and former first lady Michelle Obama — shared over Baskin-Robbins ice cream at a strip mall in the summer of 1989. Morgan Greene,, "As city waits for ex-president's library, luster of Obama tourist sites fades," 16 May 2018 The key note is obviously musk, which smells like a barbershop from the bottle. Brennan Kilbane, GQ, "The 4 Best Lightweight Colognes That Won't Overpower Your Coworkers," 10 May 2018 At the barbershop, women waited outside under the hot sun while their sons and husbands were groomed. Andy Ngo, WSJ, "A Visit to Islamic England," 29 Aug. 2018 The Chicago Tribune reports that the man, whose name has not yet been released by officials but others on social media called Snoop, worked at a barbershop in the city. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "A Chicago Protest Against Police Brutality Turned Violent," 15 July 2018 The show, featuring pro athletes talking about sports and culture at a barbershop, recently completed filming its third episode. Joey Morona,, "LeBron James, Draymond Green team up again for Uninterrupted series 'Trophies'," 18 Apr. 2018 Athletes have casual conversations in barbershops with the camera as a fly on the wall recording the banter. Michael Casagrande,, "LeBron James responds to Nick Saban, says lawyers will handle dispute," 3 Apr. 2018 On his Instagram page, Yaddiel Marin describes himself as an entrepreneur with stakes in Pincho Factory, The Spot barbershop and the PokéBao restaurant in Coral Gables. David Ovalle And Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "His dad’s on the run for murder. His son may be using Pincho Factory money to fund him | Miami Herald," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of barbershop


1579, in the meaning defined above


1887, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for barbershop


from the old custom of men in barbershops forming quartets for impromptu singing of sentimental songs

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The first known use of barbershop was in 1579

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English Language Learners Definition of barbershop

chiefly US : a place where a barber works

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