goa·​tee gō-ˈtē How to pronounce goatee (audio)
: a small pointed or tufted beard on a man's chin
goateed adjective

Examples of goatee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He’s grown a goatee and added muscle to his frame, but still has the same laugh and sincere smile of his adolescence. Hannah Wiley, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2023 The Canadian fashion model, 29, took to Instagram to share a series of photos dressed up as the 52-year-old comedic icon, donning a green suit, white tie and flashy bling with short black hair and a goatee while mimicking his signature facial expressions. Michael Lee Simpson, Peoplemag, 31 Oct. 2023 Douthat is tall and burly, with a short but unkempt goatee. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 11 Sep. 2023 As the men prepare to board the sub, Salvatore assembles them for a pep talk, and his look is striking: the double-breasted brown leather coat, the coiffed hair and thick goatee, the gleam of burning-eyed fatalism. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 30 Aug. 2023 The man had a goatee and was wearing a white tank top and blue jeans. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Aug. 2023 Tall, with glasses and a graying goatee, Arévalo has a Ph.D. and speaks five languages but was otherwise unknown to most Guatemalans until a few months ago. USA TODAY, 19 Aug. 2023 The first assailant was described as a Latino man between 24 and 28-years-old, with black hair, mustache/goatee, acne and weighing between 150-160 pounds. Caleb Lunetta, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 June 2023 He is described as a bald man with a goatee who was wearing a black hooded jacket with a gray stripe across the chest, dark pants, and black shoes. Adam Sennott, BostonGlobe.com, 30 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


from its resemblance to the beard of a he-goat

First Known Use

1841, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of goatee was in 1841

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Cite this Entry

“Goatee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goatee. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


goa·​tee gō-ˈtē How to pronounce goatee (audio)
: a small trim pointed or tufted beard on a man's chin

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