bar·​rette bä-ˈret How to pronounce barrette (audio)
: a clip or bar for holding hair in place

Examples of barrette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kate’s signature pieces, including eye-catching hair claws and barrettes, are meticulously crafted from resilient resin and cellulose acetate, ensuring both durability and style. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 8 Feb. 2024 Instead of the half-up portion of the hair being pulled through like a small ponytail or secured with a barrette, it's held in place at the base of the headpiece with a braid — very much like a low crown braid only across the back of her head. Marci Robin, Allure, 26 Dec. 2023 Halle Bailey offered a take on the year's fun French, her nails tipped in subtle metallics, opted for an onyx polish job, good oral hygiene (again, maintenance!), cat-eye liner, and an outsized barrette. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 24 Dec. 2023 Headbands, bobby pins, and barrettes are your friends. Kristi Pahr, Parents, 6 Dec. 2023 According to a description online, the jacket contains a rich wool and mohair blend with a slim fit, satin peaked lapels, and a barrette closure. Justin Ray, Robb Report, 12 July 2023 Her blond hair was glossy and straight, her bangs held back with a barrette. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, 9 Oct. 2023 Her hair, described as long and reddish-brown, was held back with a barrette. John R. Ellement,, 31 Oct. 2022 Simply comb your face-framing pieces behind your ears and line up multiple thin barrettes on both sides for extra flair. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 6 July 2023 See More

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Word History


French, diminutive of barre bar

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of barrette was in 1901

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“Barrette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


bar·​rette bä-ˈret How to pronounce barrette (audio)
: a clip or bar for holding a girl's or woman's hair in place

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