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 For six years, Gabby and Rozalynn had been managing the barrette line out of their South Carolina home (although they are manufactured in China). NBC News, "5 young innovators who are shining bright during Covid-19," 19 Oct. 2020 The style in question features Gerber's hair parted down the middle and tucked behind her ears with a mint green barrette clipped in for fun. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Kaia Gerber Wore the Cutest Mint Green Barrettes to Complement Her Pink Hair," 27 Sep. 2020 In the past, her mother, Felicia, would twist her hair and decorate the ends with barrettes, a hairstyle that required, at the very least, a moderate amount of hair grease. Lauryn Hill, Wired, "Shuttered: How Covid-19 Changed Sunday Service for Kennedi Carter," 24 Apr. 2020 Try covering your head in barrettes or learn to fishtail braid. Louryn Strampe, Wired, "How to Cut Your Hair at Home," 19 Apr. 2020 After all, barrettes are a great way to take care of those annoying flyaways, add a little bling to your hairstyle, or even make a political statement. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "Beanie Feldstein Turned a Planned Parenthood Pin Into a Very Good Hair Clip," 3 Feb. 2020 The photo, which has garnered millions of likes so far, features Camila's hair in her natural brunette color, clipped back on one side with a pretty pearl barrette. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "Camila Cabello Just Shared a Sneak Peek of Her New “Cinderella” Hair," 5 Feb. 2020 The gift set includes a baby pink bow barrette, a bright watercolor-style scrunchie that looks a lot like her favorite one, and some star ball bobby pins for keeping those high ponytails in place. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Kitsch Is Launching Official “To All the Boys” Scrunchies," 31 Jan. 2020 In addition to her ultra-long, pin-straight style, the pop star also wore two sparkly barrettes to keep the front pieces of hair out of her face while performing. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Ariana Grande Wore Her Hair Down on Tour Again, and Fans Can’t Get Enough," 1 Oct. 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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“Barrette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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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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