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 haircut (audio) \ noun, plural haircutters
haircutting \ ˈher-​ˌkə-​tiŋ How to pronounce haircut (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 The latest location of the popular barber shop that offers community engagement along with a fresh haircut. Details: 8 a.m.-8 p.m., 265 N. Federal St., Chandler. Elizabeth Montgomery, The Arizona Republic, 30 May 2021 Union accented the candy-colors with a striped Chanel classic flap bag, sandals, and a brand new haircut. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 24 May 2021 The judges and diners show up, in fancy duds, with Padma sporting what looks like a fetching new haircut. oregonlive, 21 May 2021 Farrakhan Muhammad, sporting a new haircut in a bid to alter his appearance, was captured in a McDonald's parking lot near Jacksonville, ending the days-log search, police said. NBC News, 12 May 2021 Their mother with a sleek angular new haircut and eyes made up smokily; oh, how his women are so beautiful, Chip thought, as his mother and Elizabeth came laughing together into the restaurant for their weekly Thursday dinner. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2021 Marvel is the kind of universe where a random barfly on Crime Island jokes about Bucky's new haircut. Darren Franich,, 23 Apr. 2021 Though Rihanna got a mullet haircut in recent months — and is still rolling with it, as recent posts of hers suggest — her new campaign depicts her with waist-length hair, soft layers, and curtain bangs that fall right at her eye line. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 2 Mar. 2021 And while there's something undeniably anarchic about spontaneous midnight haircuts, wolf-cut-at-home videos also just offer a way to watch a risky haircut come good in the end. Leah Dolan, CNN, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of haircut

1858, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of haircut was in 1858

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8 Jun 2021

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“Haircut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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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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