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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Google announced its Duplex technology —Back in May, Google unveiled Duplex, technology built on artificial intelligence, that allows the Google Assistant to make human-sounding phone callsto make restaurant reservations and haircut appointments. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "No one said cutting the cord would be easy," 30 June 2018 From the haircut to the fashion, you guys are closely associated with a very particular time. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "A Flock of Seagulls Talk Reunion, Orchestral Album & the Day They Wrote 'I Ran'," 23 May 2018 Dog puppets wearing Beatles haircuts play Beatles music. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Volo Auto Museum opens outdoor space Memorial Day weekend with new exhibits," 8 May 2018 On stage, CEO Sundar Pichai showed two different demos of Google Assistant calling an actual human at an actual business to make a haircut appointment and a dinner reservation all by itself (and without ever disclosing it was a robot). Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Just the Important Parts From Google I/O 2018," 8 May 2018 This is usually a good proxy for the haircut investors would have to take after a firm’s bankruptcy. The Economist, "A bondholder finds a sneaky way to trigger insurance against default," 3 May 2018 Harry's haircut last made an appearance in July via his sister Gemma's Snapchat. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "Harry Styles and His Short Hair Resurface in Malibu," 26 Aug. 2016 On Tuesday, the 43-year-old Bollywood star shared an emotional video of herself getting her haircut in preparation for cancer treatment. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Bollywood Star Shares Emotional Video of Her Cutting Her Hair Off Before Cancer Treatment," 10 July 2018 And across the street, there is a barbershop called Palestine, where men getting haircuts filled nearly every seat. New York Times, "A City Founded by Alexander Hamilton Sets the Stage for Its Next Act," 5 July 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of haircut

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

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