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

Small businesses such as this Beijing barbershop account for the bulk of employment in China’s economy. WSJ, "China Moves to Ramp Up Lending to Small Businesses," 4 Jan. 2019 The video — released on the day the regular NBA season opened by a Seattle production company called World Famous — features Sonics highlights intercut with choice words from fans in restaurants and barbershops, cars and street corners. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "‘Bring ’Em Back’: An ode to Sonics fans who haven’t given up hope," 26 Oct. 2018 The Barber Shop This intimate and sophisticated gin bar is hidden behind a fully functioning barbershop, which probably explains its retro aesthetic—clean white tiles, funky old stools. Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Bars in Sydney," 27 Feb. 2018 On another occasion, Love attended an Abrams event at a local barbershop. Brittney Cooper, Marie Claire, "Stacey Abrams Is Just Getting Started," 11 Mar. 2019 Just around the corner from the barbershop is a rock and plaque commemorating the first kiss between the former president and former first lady Michelle Obama — shared over Baskin-Robbins ice cream at a strip mall in the summer of 1989. Morgan Greene,, "As city waits for ex-president's library, luster of Obama tourist sites fades," 16 May 2018 The key note is obviously musk, which smells like a barbershop from the bottle. Brennan Kilbane, GQ, "The 4 Best Lightweight Colognes That Won't Overpower Your Coworkers," 10 May 2018 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

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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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