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 At a Columbus, Ohio, barbershop, Emoni Hudson, 24, took a photograph of the TV after the guilty verdict was revealed. Kevin Mccoy, USA TODAY, 20 Apr. 2021 That includes hosting a local barbershop in one case, a tool rental service at another store in South Carolina, or other restaurant chains like Domino’s Pizza, which has restaurants in about 30 stores. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 9 Apr. 2021 In the past, the bar has been known as The Oak Duck Inn and Blanche’s Duck Inn, and reportedly once served as the post office and a barbershop. Charles Selle,, 22 Feb. 2021 The Rice Shop will be outside in the district and go into the space formerly occupied by Restore, near a barbershop and clothing store and close to the parking garage. Marc Bona, cleveland, 5 May 2021 Cedric the Entertainer) rivals, the Pink Ladies, move their manicure business into the local barbershop, Dave (Max Greenfield) encourages him to make peace. Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2021 At that time, Ford was working in a barbershop, learning a trade that would serve him very well in the years to come. Alex Knapp, Forbes, 8 May 2021 Kevin Buttress, 32, who owns the Xquisite Barber Lounge barbershop, told Fox News he was attacked in November by a pit bull owned by a homeless person and was knocked unconscious with a skateboard. Fox News, 8 May 2021 The special will bring together musical artist Masego, renowned physicians Dr. Italo Brown and Dr. Jamie Rutland and community members in a storied barbershop to discuss today’s most pressing health concern, COVID-19. Todd Spangler,, 4 May 2021

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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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12 Jun 2021

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“Barbershop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of barbershop

chiefly US : a place where a barber works

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