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

Definition of barbie

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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 4)

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 4)

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


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

Definition of Barbie (Entry 4 of 4)

Klaus 1913–1991 German Nazi leader

Examples of barbie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun On Christmas day, many families will celebrate with a lunchtime barbie to grill, and then head to the beach. Ashley Novak, CNN, "Christmas traditions around the world," 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, "Move Over Fake Meat, It’s Time for Veggie Seafood," 11 Sep. 2019 There have been cartwheels and stomp troupes and rollerblading barbie dolls. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Just Wait Until Fashion Designers Get Their Hands on This Black Hole Picture," 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, "‘Real Housewives’ stars Ashley and Michael Darby are closing their Virginia restaurant," 26 June 2019 In the corner, a kangaroo and her joey are busy grilling on the barbie. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Most Unusual Baby Gifts Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Have Received So Far," 24 Oct. 2018 In the documentary, critically acclaimed author Roxane Gay, whose work strives to normalize all body types, holds a curvy barbie, her body measurements translating into a U.S. size six. Kate Branch, Vogue, "How America’s Favorite Doll Created a Beauty Complex," 27 Apr. 2018 Cobine says copper is especially abundant in shellfish, stuff like lobster, crab, even shrimp on the barbie. Joe Songer,, "Awesome dogs and owners we saw at Mutt Strut 2018," 7 Apr. 2018 The snack shack had some funky-looking meat pies on the barbie and the crowd sang the Australian national anthem before its U.S. counterpart. Al Saracevic, San Francisco Chronicle, "Aussie Night at St. Mary’s: Big win, bigger fun," 25 Jan. 2018

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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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