noun (1)
bar·​bie | \ ˈbär-bē How to pronounce barbie (audio) \

Definition of barbie

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 chiefly Australia : barbecue sense 2
2 chiefly Australia : barbecue sense 3


Bar·​bie | \ ˈbär-bē How to pronounce Barbie (audio) \

Definition of Barbie (Entry 2 of 3)

used for a plastic doll in the figure of a stereotypically attractive young woman


noun (2)
variants: or Barbie doll
plural Barbies or Barbie dolls

Definition of Barbie (Entry 3 of 3)

usually disparaging
: a conventionally attractive young woman typically perceived as lacking substance, character, or intelligence I tell her she's beautiful as she is, but when she peers at television, movies, or popular magazines where generic, blue-eyed, blonde Barbie dolls with orthodontically perfect teeth, Botox, and breast implants prance, pose, and promenade, she says with a sense of fatality and resignation, "I can't look like that."— Charles Johnson It was the 26-year-old's first major role, and she played it with subzero coldness. She couldn't care less how many men Al Pacino's Tony Montana would kill to curry her favor. She's aloof and unattainable, a coke-fed Barbie, the ultimate accessory.— Hilary Elkins et al. Jacquelin Smith, recalling her days as one of Charlie's Angels: "Perhaps they were Barbie dolls with very little depth to them. But I'll say one thing for the show: Trying to add some life to lines like 'Hold it—freeze' certainly does wonders for your acting."People

Examples of barbie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Plans for the official events from June 2 to 6 have been unveiled and unofficial ways of marking the moment are now popping up all over the place; from a Queen barbie doll to mugs, tea towels, t-shirts and even cocktails inspired by the milestone. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, 21 May 2022 Zendaya, in Ralph & Russo, went full-on Hollywood barbie glam for the 2017 premiere of Spider-Man: Homecoming. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 28 Mar. 2022 Put an extra shrimp on the barbie this summer for your furry dog companion. Jennifer Nelson, Southern Living, 17 Apr. 2021 On Christmas day, many families will celebrate with a lunchtime barbie to grill, and then head to the beach. Ashley Novak, CNN, 25 Dec. 2019 The resulting product contains seaweed, plant protein and natural flavors, and can be cooked just like real shrimp (on the barbie, of course, or deep fried in a po-boy, or boiled and dipped in cocktail sauce as an appetizer before your fake steak). Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, 11 Sep. 2019 There have been cartwheels and stomp troupes and rollerblading barbie dolls. Steff Yotka, Vogue, 10 Apr. 2019 The Clarendon eatery, which served as a backdrop for some of the show’s drama, will serve its last shrimp on the barbie on Sunday, according to the Darbys. Washington Post, 26 June 2019 In the corner, a kangaroo and her joey are busy grilling on the barbie. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 24 Oct. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of barbie

Noun (1)

1976, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1969, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for barbie

Noun (1)

by shortening & alteration

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Bar·​bie | \ ˈbär-bē How to pronounce Barbie (audio) \

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Klaus 1913–1991 German Nazi leader

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