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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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 Let loose on the streets of Rio, Marquezine’s style is similarly bold: Among her looks for Carnival this month were a glittering bodysuit with barely-there cut-offs, and a crop top with a silvery skirt (and faux-pixie hairdo). Vogue, "Bruna Marquezine Is Not Your Average Brazilian Bombshell," 18 Mar. 2019 But in recent weeks Ariana has been switching it up, going from space buns to a straight and down hairdo. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Wore a Twisted Bun During a Shopping Trip," 22 Oct. 2018 Lucy Hale appears to have borrowed some inspiration from the season's golden foliage for her newest hairdo. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Lucy Hale Debuted Blonde Hair," 10 Oct. 2018 Both employed the requisite hairdo and period wardrobe, but neither sought to remold the entire body. Peter Funt, WSJ, "Hollywood’s Mimicry Can Miss the Point," 21 Feb. 2019 Downstairs, a playful photography studio included cartoonish cutouts of Lady Bunny hairdos and giant earrings. Robert Fairer, Vogue, "Inside Marc Jacobs’s Fashion-Filled Wedding at the Grill," 9 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of hairdo

1932, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hairdo was in 1932

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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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an act or instance of editing or removing

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