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

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 kids even left with fresh haircuts, as barbers from 180 Barbershop and Next Level Cutz volunteered their services. Mikala Kane,, "Good news this week: School supplies given out to Hartford families, and a New Haven police captain is released from the hospital," 23 Aug. 2019 New this year are a health screening section as well as a section where youths can get haircuts, Hetrick said. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy ISD students invited to Operation Back 2 School," 29 July 2019 There were several barber colleges on Fourth between Mission and Howard, where men could get free haircuts from apprentice barbers. Gary Kamiya,, "Don’t call them bums: Hobos once filled the South of Market," 26 July 2019 After their shift, the two standout hockey players — Nick, the quiet rule follower and Jack, the silly one who always had a smile on his face — got haircuts. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Two brothers, hockey players, dead on same day of opioid overdose," 13 June 2019 His mop-toppish haircut gives him the look of some British Invasion musician on a farewell tour and his blue eyes shine through very '80s eyeglass frames. Matt Wake |, al, "How an Alabama company made Kiss pyro and fake blood," 28 July 2019 And now, with the summer heat officially upon us, Theron has gone practical and revisited one of our favorite haircuts on her: the pixie. Rachel Lubitz,, "Charlize Theron Just Brought Back Her Iconic Pixie — & It Looks Amazing," 30 June 2019 Bean, a regular patron of Upgrades Cuts & Styles barbershop, was shot multiple times on Jan. 13, 2018, during his weekly haircut, according to a news release by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Man gets 84 years to life in prison for fatal shooting of Land Park barbershop customer," 4 June 2019 Because when Amy first debuts her haircut, it’s medium length. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "The Big Bang Theory," 17 May 2019

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First Known Use of haircut

1858, 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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