bar·​rette | \bä-ˈret, bə-\

Definition of barrette 

: a clip or bar for holding hair in place

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Zainab’s rape and murder shocked the nation after a photo of her went viral on social media, showing the smiling girl in her favorite bright pink coat, with a pink barrette in her hair. Zaheer Babar, The Seattle Times, "Pakistan executes man convicted of killing 8 children," 16 Oct. 2018 And in addition to the loud-and-clear barrettes, Ashley Williams’s line was coupled with pale pink updos, lemon yellow bobs, and skyrocketing sterling. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "5 Spectacular Beauty Trends That Swept the London Runways This Week," 19 Sep. 2018 Sumptuous silk head scarves—secured underneath chins, wrapped around necks, and fastened with blingy barrettes—also abounded at Gucci. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Jackie O’s Favorite Accessory Is the Beauty Move of the Summer," 7 June 2018 Gone but no where near forgotten is the girl-woman Goddess of Grunge in her too small tattered dresses, the little girl barrette in her messy, scattered hair and beaten up brocade 1960’s evening shoes. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Frances Bean Cobain Stars in Marc Jacobs's Spring 2017 Campaign," 25 Jan. 2017 If your bobby pins or barrettes tend to slide out of place, spray them with a little dry shampoo before using for a more secure hold. Leah Chernikoff, Redbook, "17 Who-Knew Brilliant Ways to Use Dry Shampoo," 12 June 2014 Students from the school’s cosmetology program taught the class, instructing the fathers on the right amount of moisturizer to use and how to clip in barrettes. Talia Richman, Washington Post, "Baltimore school works to build father-daughter relationships through hair care," 5 Mar. 2018 If hair barrettes were once reserved for prim schoolgirls and one moody Margot Tenenbaum, the Spring collections put the classic accessory on the fast-track to cool. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "This Celebrity-Approved Accessory Just Made Your Morning Routine Easier," 16 Jan. 2018 The prettiest hair idea from the spring '12 runways requires nothing fancier than a Goody barrette—the plain ol' drugstore kind. Maureen Sheen, Redbook, "Try This Trend: Clip Your Pony," 5 Feb. 2012

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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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English Language Learners Definition of barrette

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


bar·​rette | \bä-ˈret, bə-\

Kids Definition of barrette

: a clasp or bar used to hold hair in place

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