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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An officer spoke with a store employee who said a customer was trying to open business accounts related to a barbershop with inaccurate paperwork. cleveland, 8 July 2022 During the pandemic many customers were paying for their haircuts with touch-less cards or phones and tips often went to the barbershop rather than to the barber. Tom Groenfeldt, Forbes, 3 June 2022 The Sicilians agreed, for a fee, to hide Kwok's heroin alongside their own drugs and drive all the contraband to a barbershop on Long Island. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, 6 Sep. 2021 Going to the barbershop and sitting down, chatting, and enjoying the atmosphere is an age old tradition. Chris Hachey, BGR, 24 Aug. 2021 But as the pair struck up a deeper relationship, Dwyer began to refer more of his teammates to the barbershop. Julia Poe,, 1 Aug. 2021 On the Juneteenth following his death in 2001, Thelma Cooper brought food to the barbershop in his memory. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 June 2021 Denairo Dickerson got his hair cornrowed by a stylist in the basement of YouthLink and then headed upstairs to the barbershop for a lineup. Zoë Jackson, Star Tribune, 24 Feb. 2021 Saturday’s shooting is the latest in a string of incidents dating back to the Aug. 28, 2019, daytime shooting of Antonio Parra outside a barbershop in the city’s Stockyards neighborhood. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 7 June 2022 See More

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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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30 Jul 2022

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“Barbershop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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