hair

noun, often attributive
\ ˈher How to pronounce hair (audio) \

Definition of hair

1a : a slender threadlike outgrowth of the epidermis of an animal especially : one of the usually pigmented filaments that form the characteristic coat of a mammal
b : the hairy covering of an animal or a body part especially : the coating of hairs on a human head
3a : a minute distance or amount won by a hair
b : a precise degree aligned to a hair
4 obsolete : nature, character
5 : a filamentous structure that resembles hair leaf hair
in one's hair
: persistently and annoyingly in one's presence can't work with you in my hair all day
out of one's hair
: out of one's way : not in one's hair keep the children out of his hair for a while

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Illustration of hair

hair 1a: 1 shaft, 2 sebaceous gland, 3 epidermis, 4 dermis, 5 hair follicle, 6 bulb, 7 papilla

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Other Words from hair

hairless adjective
hairlessness noun
hairlike \ -​ˌlīk How to pronounce hairlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hair in a Sentence

He plucked a hair from his arm. There are dog hairs all over my coat. The hair on her arms is blond. He has a lot of hair on his chest. He got his hair cut last week. He has a thick head of hair. a balding man who is losing his hair He won the race by a hair. He was a hair off on the count.
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Recent Examples on the Web The bride wore a strapless tulle dress and a Chanel jacket for the occasion, with flowers in her hair. Andrea Wurzburger, PEOPLE.com, "These Celebrity Couples Ditched a Big Wedding (at Least at First ...) for an Intimate Courthouse or City Hall Ceremony," 5 Nov. 2019 The bottle, decorated with a woman wearing Dia de los Muertos-style sugar skull makeup and marigold flowers in her hair, is on display at central Phoenix's El Charro Hipster Bar and Cafe. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "This small-batch liqueur is made for Dia de los Muertos. Here's where to try it in Phoenix," 31 Oct. 2019 Thirteen-year-old Zachary Lake wasn’t hurt but told WPRI-TV that glass went flying everywhere including in his hair. BostonGlobe.com, "went crashing through the windshield of a Massachusetts school bus," 30 Oct. 2019 The actor wore her hair down in soft waves and accessorized with cat-eye sunnies and a pink-nude lip. Natasha Reda, Glamour, "Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams Had the Cutest Tacos-and-Tequila-Themed Engagement Party," 27 Oct. 2019 In shampoos, palm oil is used as a conditioning agent to help restore natural oils in hair. Jack Guy, CNN, "Rat-eating macaques could boost palm oil sustainability in Malaysia," 22 Oct. 2019 And its ionic technology does double duty by maintaining the moisture in your hair and eliminating frizz at the same time. NBC News, "Why you should invest in your hair with this $60 hair dryer," 21 Oct. 2019 The student provided an undergraduate field study report that is similar to Guéguen's 2015 paper on men's preference for helping women who wear their hair loose. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Dodgy sex-psychology paper finally gets retracted," 16 Oct. 2019 No amount of combing could tame the stubborn cowlick in his short hair. oregonlive, "Epley maneuver for vertigo was invented by Oregon doctor," 15 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of hair

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hair

Middle English, from Old English hǣr; akin to Old High German hār hair

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The first known use of hair was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

13 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Hair.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hair. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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More Definitions for hair

hair

noun
How to pronounce hair (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hair

: a thin threadlike growth from the skin of a person or animal
: a covering or growth of hairs
: the covering of hairs on a person's head

hair

noun
\ ˈher How to pronounce hair (audio) \

Kids Definition of hair

1 : a threadlike growth from the skin of a person or animal She pulled out a hair.
2 : a covering or growth of hairs I got my hair cut.
3 : something (as a growth on a leaf) like an animal hair
4 : a very small distance or amount I won by a hair.

Other Words from hair

haired \ ˈherd \ adjective a long-haired dog
hairless \ ˈher-​ləs \ adjective
hairlike \ -​ˌlīk \ adjective

hair

noun, often attributive
\ ˈha(ə)r, ˈhe(ə)r How to pronounce hair (audio) \

Medical Definition of hair

1 : a slender threadlike outgrowth of the epidermis of an animal especially : one of the usually pigmented filaments that form the characteristic coat of a mammal
2 : the hairy covering of an animal or a body part especially : the coating of hairs on a human head

Other Words from hair

hairlike \ -​ˌlīk How to pronounce hairlike (audio) \ adjective

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