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 Behind the takeout counter, the top of Angel’s head was barely visible, barrettes with bows fastened in her hair. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Angel Indian’s Impressive Array of Vegetarian Standards and Showstoppers," 29 Nov. 2019 July 2019 Pulling her strands into a high ponytail, fastening the hairstyle with a pink barrette that matches her dress and her eye makeup is a bold beauty look and certainly one of Beanie's bests. Rebecca Dancer, Teen Vogue, "Beanie Feldstein's Beauty Evolution," 1 Oct. 2019 Some are elderly, and others hold onto newborns or have little girls with braided hair and barrettes at their heels. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "'One time of day they're not harassed': Step inside the Louisville women’s day shelter," 7 Nov. 2019 Think snap clips, bedazzled bobby pins, hair barrettes—sometimes worn all at once. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "Pearl Hair Clips Are Everywhere—And They’re Incredibly Easy to Style," 13 Sep. 2019 Its rows of tiny, pyramidal studs could transform any item—bracelet, bag, barrette—into one that was immediately recognizable as Valentino. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "We’ve Gotta Have It: The 17 Items that Defined Fashion in the 2010s," 18 July 2019 In the ’90s, her baby doll dresses, barrettes, and Mary Janes were a subversive fashion statement with the kinderwhore aesthetic being one of the defining styles of the decade. Lisawhill, Longreads, "Live Through This: Courtney Love at 55," 9 July 2019 Aubrey Plaza rocked a knife barrette to Wednesday’s premiere of her new horror flick Child’s Play, a remake of the 1988 film of the same name. Helen Murphy,, "Chucky Chic: Aubrey Plaza Wears a Knife Barrette to the Child's Play Premiere," 21 June 2019 On the side of her head is a barrette just like the ones Martin always wore. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "She was in iconic photo of RFK in Detroit, but didn't know for five decades," 4 June 2019

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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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12 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Barrette.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of barrette

US : a decorative clip or bar that is used to hold a girl's or woman's hair in place


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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