hair·​cut | \ ˈher-ˌkət How to pronounce haircut (audio) \

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 How to pronounce haircutter (audio) \ noun
haircutting \ ˈher-​ˌkə-​tiŋ How to pronounce haircutting (audio) \ 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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Celine Dion debuting a new haircut in Paris on July 3. Samantha Sasso,, "Celine Dion Just Got This Summer's Chicest Haircut," 5 July 2019 Green was given a new haircut, new clothes, and a new outlook on life. Fox News, "Homeless dad receives Father's Day special makeover," 17 June 2019 But this trip to the barbershop is not just about getting a haircut. Rachel Berry,, "Books and Barbers program seeks to provide mentors for children," 7 June 2019 Turner taped an appearance on The Graham Norton Show in London wearing what appeared to be a new shag haircut, complete with eyelash-skimming fringe. Marci Robin, Allure, "Sophie Turner Just Got Bangs, and She Looks Unrecognizable," 24 May 2019 This comes after Pogba unveiled another new and outrageous haircut ahead of the international break, with the talented Frenchman seemingly just as concerned with his image off the pitch as his performances on it., "Paul Pogba's Manchester United Teammates Urge Him to Focus More on Football and Less on Social Media," 26 Mar. 2018 Some young millennials are finding out for the first time, via Instagram, that Pitt once dated Gwyneth Paltrow, tooling around the West Village together in matching haircuts. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Why Am I So Obsessed with '90s Nostalgia on Instagram?," 18 June 2019 The salon provides haircuts tailored to children, including those with special needs. Tara Massouleh |,, "Birmingham update: Protective Stadium, rideshare, and more," 7 June 2019 But trade was brisk, customs duties modest, and everyday disputes (over, for example, payments for sailors’ haircuts or delinquent loans) usually resolved without government involvement. Kenneth Pomeranz, The New York Review of Books, "Blundering into War," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of haircut

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 How to pronounce haircut (audio) \

Kids Definition of haircut

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

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an act or instance of editing or removing

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