hair·​cut ˈher-ˌkət How to pronounce haircut (audio)
plural haircuts
: 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
: 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
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
haircutter noun
plural haircutters
haircutting noun

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 And many tech companies surge after going public as retail investors buy the hype, then take a haircut as interest fades. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2024 Keep reading for everything to know about setting—and adhering to—a haircut schedule, according to your hair type, style, and needs. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 28 Mar. 2024 Here are 23 beautiful long bob haircuts to save for inspiration. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, 27 Mar. 2024 Grand Velas’ family-friendly features go above and beyond the usual kids programming to include a tiny tots spa menu, a dedicated baby concierge for setting up suites and guiding activities, and even a program to commemorate baby’s first haircut — all while maintaining an elegance for adults. Katherine Alex Beaven, Travel + Leisure, 20 Mar. 2024 And if the 2024 Oscars red carpet was any sign, 2023’s most alluring haircut is going strong into this year. Margaux Anbouba, Vogue, 11 Mar. 2024 The short hair appears to be partly inspired by today's ubiquitous bob and partly by the wolf cut that was everywhere a couple of years ago, but mostly by the short shag haircut made popular by the likes of Rachel Green and Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 20 Mar. 2024 Frequently Asked Questions What is the trendiest haircut for spring? Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 18 Mar. 2024 One of you schedules the vet/haircut/service appointments, the other follows through. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of haircut was in 1848

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“Haircut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


hair·​cut -ˌkət How to pronounce haircut (audio)
: the act or process of cutting and shaping the hair
: hairdo
haircutter noun
haircutting noun

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