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 But not all landlords are willing, or able, to take a haircut. Stacy Cowley, New York Times, "Unable to Pay Rent, Small Businesses Hope for a Deal With Their Landlord," 17 Sep. 2020 Branson will inject around 200 million pounds in the business, while Davidson Kempner contributes about 170 million pounds to the package and trade creditors take a 20% haircut. Fabian Graber,, "Virgin Atlantic’s $1.6 Billion Rescue Approved by U.K. Court," 1 Sep. 2020 Like most of us, Moffatt didn’t get a haircut during the pandemic. Matt Young, Chron, "How former Magnolia High School star Jackson Moffatt started Baylor's 'Mullet Bros'," 2 Apr. 2021 Johnson did more than just get a haircut during his time away from the team. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Suns: New-look Cam Johnson happy to return after bout with COVID-19," 26 Mar. 2021 In the final episode, Lovato gets a short, excellent haircut in affirmation of her queerness, in a staged metamorphosis scene to match Disney’s finest. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, "Will Demi Lovato’s Sexual Assault Revelations Finally Put a Dent in Disney’s Purity Culture?," 23 Mar. 2021 The two were driving back to Goodyear together when Reyes stopped to get a haircut. cleveland, "Franmil Reyes and Jose Ramirez go off-road after spring training game: Crowquill," 10 Mar. 2021 Francona said Reyes drove to the Indians' exhibition game on Friday in Mesa and went to get a haircut following the 10-4 win. Tom Withers, ajc, "Indians' Ramirez, Reyes isolated after COVID-19 violations," 7 Mar. 2021 The trippy clip finds SelGo working at a house of mirrors disguised as a beauty salon that will make men think twice before stepping in to get a haircut. Griselda Flores, Billboard, "Selena Gomez & DJ Snake Drop Trippy 'Selfish Love' Video," 4 Mar. 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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3 May 2021

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“Haircut.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 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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