hair·​dress·​er | \ ˈher-ˌdre-sər How to pronounce hairdresser (audio) \

Definition of hairdresser

1 : a person whose occupation is the dressing or cutting of hair
2 British : barber

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Examples of hairdresser in a Sentence

she recommended her hairdresser to a friend who wanted to get a perm
Recent Examples on the Web Row 5: janitors and cleaners: 1.3x; hairdressers and cosmetologists: 1.2x; clergy: 1.6x; airline pilots and flight engineers: 1.7x; flight attendants: 2.0x. Mona Chalabi, The New Yorker, "A Psychiatrist and an Artist Walk Into a New York Bar," 13 Jan. 2020 High-end pet hairdressers and photography services are springing up, making Beijing's animals picture-perfect for Instagram or family portraits. Ben Westcott, Nanlin Fang And Maisy Mok, CNN, "Lonely Beijing citizens are helping create a billion-dollar industry around their pampered pets," 7 Dec. 2019 Sadly, its festive subject matter means it's annually overshadowed by another seasonal offering from the days when Michael appeared to share a hairdresser with Princess Diana. Jon O'brien, Billboard, "'December Song': Why You Should Unwrap George Michael's Other Christmas Tune," 4 Dec. 2019 Cianci kept reporters waiting for hours at a press conference until his hairdresser could get him another wig., "Sheila Bentley, ex-wife of ‘Buddy’ Cianci, on their marriage," 20 Oct. 2019 Bribes also extended to voters, such as Mr. Kenneth [Battelle], the go-to hairdresser of Marilyn Monroe, Jacqueline Kennedy, Babe Paley and Lambert herself. Stephanie Sporn, The Hollywood Reporter, "What It Takes to Make the International Best Dressed List," 7 Oct. 2019 Polli recalls one company that used Pymetrics to hire salespeople, and wound up bringing on a new employee who had previously worked as a hairdresser and had zero experience in their new area. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "People are terrible judges of talent. Can algorithms do better?," 19 Nov. 2019 The final two people in the entourage are a nanny for Archie who will look after the royal baby when both parents are carrying out engagements in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and Meghan’s hairdresser, who is being paid for privately. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "Here's Everyone in Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Tour Entourage," 21 Sep. 2019 This is so important that in some communities hairdressers are being taught the signs of domestic abuse and where to refer the victims. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Memories of childhood abuse occupy survivor’s thoughts," 16 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of hairdresser

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hairdresser was in 1764

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23 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hairdresser.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 23 January 2020.

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How to pronounce hairdresser (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hairdresser

: a person who cuts and shapes hair


hair·​dress·​er | \ ˈher-ˌdre-sər How to pronounce hairdresser (audio) \

Kids Definition of hairdresser

: a person who styles or cuts hair

Other Words from hairdresser

hairdressing noun

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