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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Formed as a gospel barbershop group, Take 6 were first signed to a country label. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Definition of Soul Music: Empathy?," 1 July 2018 Every two weeks, Jordie and his parents arrived at the barbershop near closing time when things were quieter. Ashley Vaughan, CNN, "A barber soothes a child with autism by singing -- and finds a new purpose," 30 Mar. 2018 Raed Odeh, the owner of Palestine, the barbershop, noted his frustration with crime and drugs, as well as the sense of trust in civic leaders that had been bruised by corruption and scandal that adds to the pressure Mr. Sayegh faces in his new role. New York Times, "A City Founded by Alexander Hamilton Sets the Stage for Its Next Act," 5 July 2018 The stabbing resulted from an argument inside the barbershop at 1205 Hyde Park Ave. Danny Mcdonald,, "Boston police investigating fatal stabbing, arrest made," 29 May 2018 No one was injured inside the barbershop, but the crash caused $3,000 in damage to the building. Fox News, "Police arrest fleeing Florida man when his pants fall down," 17 May 2018 LeBron has long had internet videos of self promotion anchored around scenes inside a barbershop. Joseph Goodman,, "Clipper wars: LeBron James vs. Nick Saban," 3 Apr. 2018 There’s a strong transformation underway along the Butchertown and NuLu border, and in a way, that’s a fitting backdrop for a new barbershop. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "NuLu's new barbershop is keeping patrons as fresh as the neighborhood," 10 July 2018 Each barbershop employs between 12 and 15 hairstylists, shoe shiners and a manager. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Hair Saloon plans Houston expansion," 10 July 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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