flat iron


Definition of flat iron

1 : a device used for straightening hair by pressing and pulling sections between two heated metal or ceramic, flat, rectangular plates
2 usually flatiron \ ˈflat-​ˌī(-​ə)rn How to pronounce flat iron (audio) \, old-fashioned : iron sense 2a

Examples of flat iron in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My tablemates got the signature flat iron steak and the tortellini with pesto cream. BostonGlobe.com, 1 Sep. 2021 Large plates include a Cubano mojo-pork sandwich for $16, seared flat iron steak for $21, tuna salad croissant for $14 and an American angus burger for $16.50. Rod Stafford Hagwood, sun-sentinel.com, 5 Aug. 2021 Real Simple smartly recommends making sure the flat iron doesn't have any hair product residue on it before using on your clothing and giving the plates a quick wipe down with rubbing alcohol. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 1 July 2021 Finally, to smooth small sections of clothing like cuffs, collars, or hemlines, head to the bathroom for your flat iron. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 1 July 2021 The flat iron has rave reviews around the internet, from Amazon to Sephora and on YouTube. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, 22 June 2021 Set the temperature to low for delicate fabrics, higher for thicker and sturdier fabrics, and then simply flat iron your shirt to get the wrinkles out. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, 1 July 2021 Dishes include the soup of the day, Little Islander salad, house salad, flat iron and coconut shrimp, rasta pasta alfredo, aloha salmon and shrimp, fried shrimp, tribal cheesecake and Key lime pie. Audrey Eads, Dallas News, 29 Apr. 2021 Use a rat tail comb to create a center or side part and smooth just the roots with a flat iron. Nikki Brown, PEOPLE.com, 1 June 2021

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First Known Use of flat iron

1743, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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16 Sep 2021

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“Flat iron.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flat%20iron. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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