bar·​bie | \ˈbär-bē \

Definition of barbie 

(Entry 1 of 2)

chiefly Australia


biographical name
Bar·​bie | \ˈbär-bē \

Definition of Barbie (Entry 2 of 2)

Klaus 1913–1991 German Nazi leader

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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 Terrance Ferguson, 6-7 wing, Australia OK, don’t start with the shrimp on the barbie jokes. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Looking to add some nasty, here are 3 prospects and sleeper for Nuggets in NBA draft," 17 May 2017 One of my sons spent all spring in the pool playing Barbies with our 70-year-old neighbor. Peter Haldeman, New York Times, "California’s Marrakesh: A Country Club That’s Chic Again," 26 Apr. 2017 Here, a few fashionable ensembles to borrow from the new Ken dolls, with a few Barbies thrown in for good measure. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Man Bun Aside, Why Not Take a Cue From Extreme-Fashion Ken?," 23 June 2017 At least enough to get that number closer to two Kens for every seven Barbies. Caity Weaver, GQ, "The Ken Doll Reboot: Beefy, Cornrowed, and Pan-Racial," 21 June 2017 This week, Mattel launched a diversified line of Ken dolls to complement the various Barbies the brand released last year. Christine Flammia, Esquire, "Not Even a Ken Doll Can Make a Man Bun Cool," 20 June 2017

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First Known Use of barbie


1976, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for barbie


by shortening & alteration

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