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
2 : haircloth
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 \ ˈher-​ˌlīk How to pronounce hair (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 Kiki was no more than 5 feet tall, with hair the color of Neptune and the build of a woodland fairy. Dave Eggers, Wired, 30 Sep. 2021 The boy described the suspect as a short man, with gray hair and a shadowy beard. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Sep. 2021 Henrietta is described by police as a woman who is 5-foot-3, 115 pounds with short gray hair. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, 27 Sep. 2021 Hirschfeld, seventy-one, is tall, lean, and balding; Sarah, sixty-one, a doctor and a scientist, is shorter, with dark hair. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, 27 Sep. 2021 Sultan, aged 14, took a photo of two kids arcing their bodies into twin wheels; another shows a girl with her long hair splayed out to form heart shapes. CNN, 27 Sep. 2021 The suspect is described as a white male, between 5 feet, 9 inches and 6 feet, 1 inch tall, with dark hair and a medium build, police say. Madison Bateman, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 24 Sep. 2021 The Hispanic man is about 5 foot 6 to 5 foot 8, with brown curly hair 2-3 inches in length and a mustache and goatee, a tattoo from arm to shoulder, thick eyebrows, and earrings. Tiffini Theisen, orlandosentinel.com, 23 Sep. 2021 Having a dog, there seems to be dog hair on the floor all the time. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, 21 Sep. 2021

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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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Dictionary Entries Near hair

Haiphong

hair

hair's breadth

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6 Oct 2021

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“Hair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hair. Accessed 16 Oct. 2021.

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hair

noun

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 hair (audio) \ adjective

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