bar·​ber·​shop | \ˈbär-bər-ˌshäp \

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

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People were killed in cards and craps games and in Italian Market barbershops and on steamships and by drunken sailors and stalking suitors. Mike Newall,, "Locked away in a closet, Philly's historical homicide files tell the story of a young, cruel city | Mike Newall," 22 June 2018 The first two rooms contain dozens of works by Rockwell and other artists picturing America during the Great Depression and World War II, from soldiers at the front to kids shooting marbles, from Rosie the Riveter to a barbershop quartet. Wayne Lawson, Vanities, "Norman Rockwell’s Hokey America Is Looking Pretty Good Right Now," 30 May 2018 Full of barbershop quartet harmonies and 1950s pop hits, this comedic musical revue includes an optional pre-show meal. Emily Sorensen, Pomerado News, "Welk reopens with Beatles and 'Forever Plaid'," 26 May 2018 Andrew Garfield For most men, wearing a tux and red blazer conjures images of a barbershop quartet. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Met Gala 2018: Best dressed looks from Rihanna, Amal Clooney, Lena Waithe and more," 8 May 2018 Who would Averett like to have in his own episode of Saban's barbershop internet show? Joseph Goodman,, "Alabama, Saban could make history in 2018 NFL Draft," 25 Apr. 2018 Adventure Enterprises is suing James and business partner Maverick Carter for allegedly using and developing the company's idea for a barbershop talk show. Bud Shaw,, "Are the new Cavaliers ready for prime time? -- Bud Shaw's Spinoffs," 17 Apr. 2018 LeBron James and business partner Maverick Carter are being sued by Adventure Enterprises for allegedly taking the company's idea for a barbershop talk show series, according to TMZ. Khadrice Rollins,, "LeBron James, Maverick Carter Being Sued for Allegedly Stealing Barbershop Talk Show Idea," 16 Apr. 2018 The Walmart was gutted, redesigned and renovated into a kind of mini-city, with murals, classrooms, medical offices, on-call physicians, work cubicles, movie theaters, a barbershop and a cafeteria. New York Times, "The Billion-Dollar Business of Operating Shelters for Migrant Children," 21 June 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

: a place where a barber works

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a private place of worship

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