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


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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Some young millennials are finding out for the first time, via Instagram, that Pitt once dated Gwyneth Paltrow, tooling around the West Village together in matching haircuts. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Why Am I So Obsessed with '90s Nostalgia on Instagram?," 18 June 2019 The salon provides haircuts tailored to children, including those with special needs. Tara Massouleh |,, "Birmingham update: Protective Stadium, rideshare, and more," 7 June 2019 But trade was brisk, customs duties modest, and everyday disputes (over, for example, payments for sailors’ haircuts or delinquent loans) usually resolved without government involvement. Kenneth Pomeranz, The New York Review of Books, "Blundering into War," 6 June 2019 Miley also got a quick haircut ahead of tonight's event. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth Attend the Met Gala for the First Time as a Couple," 6 May 2019 In response to the recent controversy surrounding her cheating scandal with Khloe Kardashian's ex-boyfriend Tristan Thompson, the brand took an uncalled for shot at her latest selfie showing off a short haircut. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Bellami Hair Apologizes for Jordyn Woods' Hair Meme," 13 Mar. 2019 Shag haircuts are making a comeback this year, and Atkin recommends one with loads of layers to bring out the natural waves. Amy Marturana, SELF, "17 Styling Tricks Women with Fine, Flat Hair Need to Know," 21 Dec. 2018 Bill Clinton and John Edwards were both criticized for receiving expensive haircuts. Anna North, Vox, "America’s sexist obsession with what women politicians wear, explained," 3 Dec. 2018 Tip #2: Use Coconut Oil to Seal Hair Cuticles Sealing the damaged ends of your hair helps prevent breakage and split ends, which means softer strands and less haircuts! Redbook, "How to Look Like You Just Left the Salon," 27 Nov. 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 How to pronounce haircut (audio) \

Kids Definition of haircut

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

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