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

Wood worked with Wella products to style Turner’s hair. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Sophie Turner's Wedding Waves Are A Gorgeous & Easy Summer Look," 5 July 2019 Like the imprints on the satyr’s hair, the coin’s patina has preserved the shapes of some fibres. The Economist, "Buried metal artefacts gather stories on their surfaces," 4 July 2019 The suspect was unshaven and had short, curly, brown hair, according to the Oregon State Police. oregonlive.com, "Man tries to abduct teen girl from Milo McIver State Park, authorities say," 3 July 2019 Last month, a bill intended to ban discrimination based on hair was introduced in the New Jersey Legislature. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "California becomes the first state to ban discrimination based on natural hairstyles," 3 July 2019 The Perfection Years of shaving her head for shock therapy can do quite a number on a gal’s hair. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "The best wig reveals of 2019 so far," 24 June 2019 Naturally, the paparazzi have been all over the former First Family, capturing images of Barack and the two sisters traipsing around France and hiking, as well as a rare shot of Michelle Obama rocking curly hair. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Michelle Obama Just Wore Her Hair Curly on Vacation," 21 June 2019 Bad hair days are a constant for those of us with curly hair — depending on climate, humidity and who knows what else. Ellen Warren, chicagotribune.com, "How to use a scarf to hide your bad hair day," 19 June 2019 Omaira Ortiz, a jovial schoolteacher with a mop of curly hair, suggested that the presence of the dogs seemed to drain the pageant of bad vibes. Rachel Syme, New York Times, "The Real Dog Moms of New York City," 14 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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