bar·​rette | \ bä-ˈret How to pronounce barrette (audio) , bə- \

Definition of barrette

: a clip or bar for holding hair in place

Examples of barrette in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The model wore a skintight yellow dress by Coperni, an oversized black leather jacket by Junya Watanabe, and an old-school yellow barrette in her hair. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 26 Apr. 2022 Fans of statement jewelry will love this barrette, which measures more than four inches by one and a half inches, and features an eye-catching pattern. Lindy Segal, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Apr. 2022 Further attitude was created with a deep side parting, while a delicate barrette added to the overall youthfulness. Tish Weinstock, Vogue, 23 Feb. 2022 Her blunt inky bob was held back on one side by a plastic barrette, and though her face was round, its skin had wrinkled into a topographical map. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2022 Her eyes are rimmed heavily with black eyeliner, and her blunt bob is punctuated with a red barrette. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 5 Oct. 2021 This Morning co-host got a chance to meet Gabby Goodwin, the 14-year-old behind GaBBY Bows — the first and patented double-faced double-snap barrette. Maria Pasquini,, 9 July 2021 For a tribute to Queen Latifah at last night's BET Awards, Lil' Kim took to the stage in an all-over Prada moment, the hooded look punctuated by a single branded barrette, secure at the center of the rapper's blonde bangs. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 28 June 2021 Wear this fun barrette to any bridal affair, from your shower to bachelorette party to the reception. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 26 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of barrette

1901, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for barrette

French, diminutive of barre bar

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The first known use of barrette was in 1901

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“Barrette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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bar·​rette | \ bä-ˈret How to pronounce barrette (audio) , bə- \

Kids Definition of barrette

: a clasp or bar used to hold hair in place

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