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

Illustration of hair

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

Per The Shade Room, Curran also Instagrammed a photo of herself adjusting Bey's hair, which has since been deleted. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Beyoncé's Publicist Has A Stern Message For The Beyhive," 8 June 2019 My grandmother taught my mom to cook greens and how to comb and braid black hair, my dad already knew plenty about the white world from his travels, his career, his first wife, his affairs, and he was unfazed, besides, this was his world. Harmonyholiday, Longreads, "Mama Looks for Melanin," 6 June 2019 Martin is 6-feet tall, weighs about 130 pounds and has brown eyes and hair, the release said. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Jefferson County deputies search for 15-year-old boy who allegedly stole weapons," 6 June 2019 The man was described as Hispanic, mid-20s to mid-30s, 5-foot-5, 150 to 170 pounds, dark hair, medium to light complexion, wearing a white T-shirt and dark-colored pants or shorts. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago police issue alert about 3 sexual assaults in Lincoln Park," 6 June 2019 Doctors diagnosed the black, curved growth as a giant cutaneous horn—or a buildup of keratin, the same protein that forms hair, skin, and nails. Samantha Lauriello, Health.com, "This Woman Had a Giant Cutaneous Horn Growing Out of Her Thumb—and Doctors Aren't Sure Why," 6 June 2019 Her wardrobe is all neatly tailored variations on menswear, her hair short and unfussy. Eliza Berman, Time, "Emma Thompson Just Wants to Make Us Laugh—and Maybe Get Arrested," 6 June 2019 Maria had the most time with Fred, cleaning him, washing his hair, shaving him and getting him to laugh. courant.com, "Frederick A. Sansone," 5 June 2019 With skinny jeans and straight, blond hair, the 18-year-old cheerleader and Beta Club member jokes with classmates, each of the teens eager for the final day of school. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "'We really did it': JCPS' Class of 2019 relied on teacher support to overcome challenges," 4 June 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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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 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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