hair

noun, often attributive
\ ˈher \

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 \ -​ˌlīk \ 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

Wearing a blue Valentino couture gown Lady Gaga matched her hair color perfectly to her gown. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Lady Gaga Matched Her Hair EXACTLY to Her Dress," 7 Jan. 2019 In the photos, the heavyset suspect with short dark hair is wearing a thick chain necklace, jeans, a dark hoodie and dark-colored T-shirt. Jocelyn Gecker, The Seattle Times, "Authorities launch manhunt after killing of police officer," 26 Dec. 2018 For many of the alpha females who visit, the inclusions are key: daily tension-melting in-room massages, facials, PT sessions, three body wraps, a hair treatment, and a mani-pedi. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Golden Door Is the World's Most Iconic Spa," 21 Dec. 2018 With teams of three to four people each, every coach receives a fair amount of primping during each commercial break, from powder applications to flyaway hair corrections. Alisa Wolfson, Country Living, "'The Voice' Behind-the-Scenes Secrets That No One Ever Knew," 15 Dec. 2018 The Klingons have hair again (fans did not care for the bald look), and Michelle Yeoh returns as the former ruler of the Terran Empire, Philippa Georgiou. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Spock smiles in the face of danger in new trailer for Star Trek: Discovery S2," 13 Dec. 2018 Scientists typically define mammals as animals that have hair, produce live young, and produce milk. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "There Is a Spider That Feeds Its Young Delicious Milk, Because Nature Is Scary," 30 Nov. 2018 Her wavy hair was reminiscent of her mother's trademark blonde locks. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Reese Witherspoon Had a Twinning Moment with Her Daughter Ava Phillippe at a Gala in L.A.," 22 Oct. 2018 Like most redheads, my hair is on the lighter side and without a heavy-duty dose of pigment, my almost-transparent brows would completely disappear. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "The $12 Eyebrow Pencil Every Redhead Should Have in Her Makeup Bag," 19 Oct. 2018

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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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Haines

haing

Haiphong

hair

hair's breadth

hair ball

hairbeard

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

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More Definitions for hair

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 \

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 \

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 \ adjective

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