haircut

noun
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

Synonyms

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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The new materials include online videos, stories and activities, and an episode of the show that focuses on Julia getting a haircut. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Sesame Street Launches New Storyline Starring Julia and Her Family in Honor of Autism Awareness Month," 1 Apr. 2019 When choosing a layered haircut, keep in mind that daily styling might involve some extra elbow grease on your part. Jaime Osnato, SELF, "10 Styling Hacks to Create Thicker-Looking Hair," 5 Jan. 2019 Here, West opens up about why the story remains resonant today, his character's many haircuts, and the debatable value of the Les Mis musical. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Why Les Misérables's Dominic West Thinks Jean Valjean Is a Better Hero Than Spiderman," 15 Apr. 2019 Other monthly expenses he budgets for include $10 for health and fitness, $25 for entertainment, $100 for household goods and general shopping, $50 for travel and $100 for haircuts, political donations and everything in between. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "One Man’s Quest for Financial Security," 11 Feb. 2019 Her signature tendrils also appeared to be much blunter, reaching only to her chin: Cosmopolitan suggests that Meghan likely got a secret haircut, much the same way that Princess Diana used to. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Tried to Get a Sneaky Haircut, but the Internet Noticed," 18 Nov. 2018 And, like the Rachel haircut, all of it has aged terribly. Dan Duray, ELLE Decor, "Is Nostalgia in the Art World Ever a Good Thing?," 29 Aug. 2018 Universal Pictures Of course that’s all a little silly; there’s almost no way these three women would have the same mannerisms and (especially) haircuts 25 years later. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is a kooky, poppy romp," 18 July 2018 And the summer is the perfect time for a haircut like this. refinery29.com, "Exclusive: Why Gabrielle Union Cut Her Natural Hair, According To Her Stylist," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of haircut

1899, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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haircut

noun

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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haircut

noun

English Language Learners Definition of haircut

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

haircut

noun
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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