hair·​do | \ ˈher-ˌdü How to pronounce hairdo (audio) \
plural hairdos

Definition of hairdo

: a way of wearing the hair : coiffure

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Synonyms for hairdo


coiffure, cut, do, haircut, hairstyle

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Examples of hairdo in a Sentence

that hairdo makes her face look softer and rounder

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Throughout his seven years in Chicago, Gordon and the team’s management battled almost annually over his contract demands, practice habits, downfield blocking, even his wardrobe and Afro hairdo. Will Larkin,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 55 Dick Gordon," 13 July 2019 David Luiz managed to pick a hairdo that matched his defensive abilities., "50 Most Unforgettable Haircuts in World Football," 10 July 2019 In this picture, Kevin Kampl's monstrosity of a hairdo resembles a custard-coloured Oral B toothbrush., "50 Most Unforgettable Haircuts in World Football," 10 July 2019 Between the whimsical hues and extravagant hairdos, there was a ton of beauty inspiration. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "The Best Beauty Looks From NYC Pride March," 1 July 2019 The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt tips us off early to the extent of Kimmy’s trauma not just by explaining her abduction and imprisonment in a bunker, but by showing us her prairie dress and hairdo. Sarah Jones, The New Republic, "Miriam Toews’s Quiet Revolution," 26 June 2019 From Lizzo rocking custom Christopher John Rogers with pigtails to Tessa Thompson looking regal in Thom Browne and a retro hairdo, this red carpet is no stranger to entertainers going all out. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Black Celebrities Slayed At The MTV Movie & TV Awards," 17 June 2019 Shanti plays the violin, swims, studies hairdos on YouTube and makes her own slime. Teresa Watanabe, San Diego Union-Tribune, "A sixth-grader was sick of coloring. So she skipped six grades to attend Cal State L.A.," 26 Apr. 2019 In Columbia, the ancestral hairdo, with its intricate patterns, doubled as maps for slaves’ escape routes. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Watch ‘Primp’: 4 Ways To Style Your Braids For Festival Season," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of hairdo

1932, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of hairdo

: a way of cutting and arranging someone's hair


hair·​do | \ ˈher-ˌdü How to pronounce hairdo (audio) \
plural hairdos

Kids Definition of hairdo

: a way of arranging a person's hair

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