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 to get a haircut.
2 : a way of wearing the hair : hairdo a short haircut a stylish haircut
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

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Other Words from haircut

haircutter \ ˈher-​ˌkə-​tər How to pronounce haircutter (audio) \ noun, plural haircutters
haircutting \ ˈher-​ˌkə-​tiŋ How to pronounce haircutting (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?
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Recent Examples on the Web And on Wednesday, hairstylists plan to break the 6-foot rule by giving free haircuts on the state Capitol lawn. Tresa Baldas,, "Age of Resistance: How a virus riled up Michigan and spawned a rebellion," 17 May 2020 One customer awaiting her appointment was Becki Morgan, who last had a haircut in late February. William Thornton |, al, "Alabama hair salons confront multiple bookings, new procedures," 11 May 2020 It's been about three weeks since the U.S. starting staying home en masse, and there's a problem—not all of us know how to give ourselves a half-decent haircut. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Virtual Barbers Are Here to Help Us Out of a Hairy Situation," 8 Apr. 2020 So many students at Newburg have never sat in a barber's chair and had a true haircut. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Free cuts, fresh confidence: How this barber is teaching JCPS students, one cut at a time," 12 Feb. 2020 Salon owner Jenisse Heredia was giving a haircut when the animal popped-in. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Wild video shows deer crashing through hair salon window in New York," 7 Oct. 2019 Mark is a noble fellow who's had the same haircut for 32 years, and in the time he's saved swapping hairstyles, he's been able to practice his football skills - like what a footballer should actually do!, "90min's Definitive European Player Power Rankings: Week 6 - Fleabag Special," 24 Sep. 2019 While the singer has had a new haircut, he's added a campy ’80s mustache. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Internet Has Strong Feelings About The Weeknd’s New ’80s ’Stache," 10 Sep. 2019 Carillo and a few coworkers from 180 Barbershop in Hartford volunteered with barbers from Next Level Cutz and other shops to give haircuts to students on Monday. Slade Rand,, "At Dunkin’ Donuts Park celebration, the Hartford Public Schools helped to prepare families for next week’s first day of school," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of haircut

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Haircut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2020.

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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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