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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At the barbershop, women waited outside under the hot sun while their sons and husbands were groomed. Andy Ngo, WSJ, "A Visit to Islamic England," 29 Aug. 2018 The Chicago Tribune reports that the man, whose name has not yet been released by officials but others on social media called Snoop, worked at a barbershop in the city. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "A Chicago Protest Against Police Brutality Turned Violent," 15 July 2018 The show, featuring pro athletes talking about sports and culture at a barbershop, recently completed filming its third episode. Joey Morona,, "LeBron James, Draymond Green team up again for Uninterrupted series 'Trophies'," 18 Apr. 2018 Athletes have casual conversations in barbershops with the camera as a fly on the wall recording the banter. Michael Casagrande,, "LeBron James responds to Nick Saban, says lawyers will handle dispute," 3 Apr. 2018 On his Instagram page, Yaddiel Marin describes himself as an entrepreneur with stakes in Pincho Factory, The Spot barbershop and the PokéBao restaurant in Coral Gables. David Ovalle And Carlos Frías, miamiherald, "His dad’s on the run for murder. His son may be using Pincho Factory money to fund him | Miami Herald," 14 May 2018 There's also an on-site barbershop and a location of Object, a contemporary boutique specializing in clothing and decor by Mexican designers. Archana Ram, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from San Diego," 5 Mar. 2018 The shooting took place in a parking lot in the 5600 block of Redan Road, and witnesses said Jordan had just come out of a nearby barbershop. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "JUST IN: Suspect in DeKalb murder case caught in Los Angeles, police say," 28 June 2018 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

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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

chiefly US : a place where a barber works

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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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