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

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La Cañita, built in a former barbershop, opened directly onto the street. Kate Linthicum,, "A queer bar in Mexico City resists attacks with love," 2 July 2019 Music of all kinds was omnipresent in black communities in Detroit — in schools, bars, barbershops, dance halls, living rooms, backyards, basements, and community centers. Mark Stryker, Detroit Free Press, "'Jazz from Detroit': Exclusive excerpt from new book about city's remarkable jazz legacy," 30 June 2019 Taps run freshwater, and small solar panels power streetlights, as well as radios blasting music from barbershops, televisions airing soccer matches in community halls, and cell phones snaking from charging stations in shops. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "In Uganda, a unique urban experiment is under way," 17 June 2019 There are bakeries and barbershops, a candy store and carpenter shop along streets where inmates mix with prison officials and police. Washington Post, "Uruguay prison turns inmates into entrepreneurs," 12 June 2019 Bean, a regular patron of Upgrades Cuts & Styles barbershop, was shot multiple times on Jan. 13, 2018, during his weekly haircut, according to a news release by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Man gets 84 years to life in prison for fatal shooting of Land Park barbershop customer," 4 June 2019 The preliminary investigation shows two men got into some type of altercation in the parking lot of a barbershop, and began firing at each other. Ivana Hrynkiw,, "Revenue office in Bessemer courthouse to close Monday during move," 24 Sep. 2017 But this trip to the barbershop is not just about getting a haircut. Rachel Berry,, "Books and Barbers program seeks to provide mentors for children," 7 June 2019 Jonathan Jacobs’ dream was to open a full-scale barbershop and spa with massage rooms, pedicure stations, perhaps a room for facials, and, of course, top-of-the line haircuts and beard trimming services complete with hot towels and — ahhh — steam. Elizabeth Wellington,, "A mobile barbershop experience that elevates the culture of the gentleman | Elizabeth Wellington," 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

chiefly US : a place where a barber works

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