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

Definition of barrette

: a clip or bar for holding hair in place

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This past Fall 2019 season, pretty hair barrettes took over the runways. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Ariana Grande Knows the Power of a Good Hair Accessory," 17 Mar. 2019 Among the types of products that may end up being associated with the infant: hair accessories (barrettes, scrunchies, extensions, etc.), skin care (moisturizer, serums, face oils, etc.), fragrances, and nail polish, to name just a few. Marci Robin, Allure, "Kim Kardashian Already Applied for Beauty Trademarks in Two-Week-Old Psalm West’s Name," 24 May 2019 And while Jenner’s legs may have taken center stage, there was one more notable addition: her slicked, flat-ironed lengths that came with two darling snap barrettes. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Nails the Winter Leg Reveal—No Tights Required," 15 Nov. 2018 Along with a pale pink pout and several swipes of mascara, Bieber's blonde skewed stylized at the crown, slicked and finished in a gilded barrette before falling in lengths as luminous as her complexion. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Hailey Bieber Thinks Pink (and More!)," 9 Dec. 2018 Decadent Hair Accessories Gleaming barrettes and bold bows too saw their moment in the sun, as street style enthusiasts reached for virtually anything to decorate their pavement pounding lengths. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "10 Beauty Trends That Broke The Internet in 2018," 6 Dec. 2018 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

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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

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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