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 The barbershop also had all its signs in Mandarin instead of English, the country’s official language. Kwasi Gyamfi Asiedu, Quartz Africa, "Zambia has become the poster child for the good, bad, and ugly of the China-Africa story," 17 June 2020 Travis considered going to another barbershop that was open, in violation of Whitmer's executive order, but decided to wait it out to show his loyalty. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, "This Southfield barbershop reopened Monday. Here's how it went," 15 June 2020 Down the sidewalk, a white woman in a tank top and cutoff jeans used a fire extinguisher to smash the window of a barbershop. Luke Mogelson, The New Yorker, "The Heart of the Uprising in Minneapolis," 15 June 2020 The barbershop is a relative outlier amid Corvallis’ Phase 1. oregonlive, "When Multnomah County reopens, will Portlanders risk returning to normal during coronavirus?," 14 June 2020 This week’s roster of contestants will include a barbershop quartet, dancers, acrobats, a comedian, solo singers and music groups. Mary Colurso |, al, "‘America’s Got Talent’ season 15, episode 3 | How to watch, TV channel, time, live stream," 9 June 2020 Men from a nearby barbershop offered to help the Grays defend the store and the couple repaid the kindness by helping board up another shop that had its door damaged. Fox News, "Couple guard Chicago bridal shop as surrounding stores looted," 5 June 2020 The Body Shop soft skin shaving kit Since his favorite barbershop may still be closed, grooming kits are definitely essential for men. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "45 Father's Day Gifts for the Travel-Loving Dad Stuck at Home This Summer," 5 June 2020 Several companies have already benefited locally, including GrooveRyde fitness gym and Urban Kutz barbershop, Mackley said. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Clevelanders try to define an ‘inclusive’ economy: Cleveland Connects," 10 Oct. 2019

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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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23 Jun 2020

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“Barbershop.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of barbershop

chiefly US : a place where a barber works

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