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

Definition of haircut

1 : the act or process of cutting and shaping the hair I need a haircut. This is a great story for any kid who is worried about getting a haircut.— Jenny Williams
2 : the way in which someone's hair is cut and shaped a short haircut a stylish haircut Taylor Swift uploaded an Instagram video of herself getting a bob haircut in London in front of a group of cheering people.— Meirav Devash
3 finance : a reduction in the value of an asset … El Paso's shareholders could be all but wiped out and bondholders could take a big haircut.— William P. Barrett Square revealed Friday pricing at $11 to $13 a share for its anticipated IPO, giving the tech company at most a $4.2 billion valuation—at least a 30% haircut from its most recent valuation in the private market.— Todd C. Frankel Greece's finance minister has told lawmakers he sees three scenarios to resolve the debt crisis, including one involving an orderly default with a 50 percent haircut for bondholders, two Greek newspapers reported on Friday.Reuters

Other Words from haircut

haircutter \ ˈher-​ˌkə-​tər How to pronounce haircut (audio) \ noun, plural haircutters
haircutting \ ˈher-​ˌkə-​tiŋ How to pronounce haircut (audio) \ noun

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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?
Recent Examples on the Web Richards comes in for a haircut every few weeks and always leaves a $20 bill. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 27 July 2022 The following day started with Scott giving Eugene a haircut. Chris Pugh, USA TODAY, 19 May 2022 The Fed is going to try to kill inflation by crimping the stock market and giving money supply and you and me a haircut via our assets. Clem Chambers, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Fast forward to April 18, 2020, and after months of hanging out, the pair became Instagram official with a set of photos that showed Dobrev giving White a quarantine haircut. Jacklyn Krol,, 8 Apr. 2022 Clever color placement is another way to add dimension to a haircut while also making layers appear more prominent. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 29 June 2022 Liza Minnelli is an original beauty influencer, whose short haircut in the 1960s made major waves and cemented her status in the pantheon of iconic celebrity cuts. Jackie Fields,, 22 June 2022 One of the younger undercover officers, a lanky man with braces named Carlos, went into the barbershop and sat down for a haircut. Washington Post, 3 June 2022 Howard, for example, became the go-to barber for anyone in need of a haircut, and Wise remembers waking up one day to find Dern sitting on her couch, watching the news. Devan Coggan,, 9 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of haircut

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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7 Aug 2022

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“Haircut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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