hair·cut | \ ˈher-ˌkət \

Definition of haircut 

1 : the act or process of cutting and shaping the hair

2 : hairdo

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Other words from haircut

haircutter \ˈher-ˌkə-tər \ noun
haircutting \ˈher-ˌkə-tiŋ \ noun

Synonyms for haircut


coiffure, cut, do, hairdo, hairstyle

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Examples of haircut in a Sentence

The girls got haircuts yesterday. He just had a haircut. Do you like my haircut?
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Free services include dental screenings, dermatology consultations, eye glasses information and adjustments and haircuts as well as immunizations for those who meet certain requirements. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Community news: Lincoln-Way cadets take 3rd at national academic bowl," 12 July 2018 Christine was backed by a band featuring keyboard, synth, and drums while sporting a black and white button-up and a pixie haircut. Rita Thompson, Billboard, "Christine and The Queens Deliver An Intimate Cover Of Maroon 5's 'What Lovers Do' In The BBC Live Lounge: Watch," 10 July 2018 Taxes could also be raised on services—like concert ticket prices or haircuts. sacbee, "Tax haircuts and concerts – or the rich? Californians consider the options," 9 July 2018 Prosecutors contend proceeds from both the drug sales and haircuts were intermingled and used to buy numerous properties and business locations. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Feds to auction off heroin-tainted barber shops," 6 July 2018 Their uniforms have subtly changed, as have their haircut paradigms and major sponsors. Sam Anderson, New York Times, "New Sentences: From ‘What We Think About When We Think About Soccer’," 5 July 2018 Soon, the budding entrepreneur was operating Capriece Batchelor’s Basement Barbershop out of his home, offering $3 haircuts to friends and classmates who formed lines a dozen deep for a signature ’do. Leilani Marie Labong,, "At the Culture of Hair salon, the mission is top of mind — and head," 5 July 2018 Beyond the fact all three players took modest financial haircuts to make their terrific triumvirate work, those Heat teams proved must-see TV. K.c. Johnson,, "Warriors' dominance should be celebrated, not criticized," 3 July 2018 The center also offers low-cost haircuts and foot care. Courant Community, "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of haircut

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of haircut was in 1899

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Financial Definition of haircut

What It Is

A haircut is a reduction in an asset's value.

How It Works

For example, let's say the Greek government borrowed about $483 billion from banks, investment funds and other groups. Now it can't pay it back. So if an investor owns a Greek bond with a face value of, say, $1,000, the Greek government is now agreeing to pay back only $300. This means the investor will take a $700 haircut.

Why It Matters

Why would an investor settle for this? Because $300 is more than $0.

In a haircut situation, the only thing lenders can do is get together with other lenders and try to renegotiate with the borrower. Everybody goes into a crummy situation like this knowing that the borrower is probably never going to repay 100% of the debt, so the new objective is to get the borrower to pay back as much as possible.

A haircut doesn't always mean that the lenders are just going to let the borrower off the hook, though. The lenders might cut the interest rate on the debt way back or push the repayment date way out into the future. In our example, Greece might agree to pay back your $1,000, but they might do it at 2% for the next 30 years instead of 5% for the next 10 years.

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English Language Learners Definition of haircut

: the act or result of cutting and shaping someone's hair


hair·cut | \ ˈher-ˌkət \

Kids Definition of haircut

: the act, process, or result of cutting the hair

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