hair·​dress·​er | \ˈher-ˌdre-sər \

Definition of hairdresser 

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

2 British : barber

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Synonyms for hairdresser


barber, haircutter, hairstylist, stylist

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Examples of hairdresser in a Sentence

she recommended her hairdresser to a friend who wanted to get a perm

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Authorities have narrowed their search for the body of a Florida hairdresser missing since May, zeroing in on a Georgia landfill where local police and FBI agents are combing through truckloads of trash. Chris Harris,, "Police Search Landfill for Missing Florida Hairdresser — and Coworker Seen Discarding Trash Bag Is Suspect," 10 July 2018 In June, Monica Sementilli and Rota attended a national hairdresser convention in Toronto to jointly accept a posthumous lifetime achievement award for Fabio Sementilli. Greg Fisher, CBS News, "Alleged murder conspirators seen in photos at crime scene," 12 Mar. 2018 The upper floor of the salon is brightly lit, with talkative hairdressers working with clients, while the lower level is a relaxing, quiet spa for massages and minor medical procedures, including Botox and IV infusions. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pewaukee salon and med spa brings a new beauty concept to Pewaukee Lake," 21 June 2018 Brazil’s Neymar, for example, brought two hairdressers with him to Russia to keep his flow on point: Ronaldo, on the other hand, prefers to handle his barbering himself. Ben Pardee, GQ, "Cristiano Ronaldo Has a Terrible Good-Luck Goatee," 20 June 2018 Within a few seconds, two other officers fired bullets and killed Vos, who worked as a hairdresser in San Clemente. Maura Dolan,, "Appeals court reinstates suit against Newport Beach for police killing of mentally unstable man," 11 June 2018 Gina owned and operated a beauty salon in Rockville, CT for nearly two decades and in total worked as a hairdresser for 30 years. Hartford Courant,, "Gina M. Lavoie," 30 May 2018 In fact, many nurses started tagging their own hairdressers in comments on the post, to show their appreciation. Caroline Alkire, Good Housekeeping, "A Hairstylist Reminded the World How Incredible Nurses Are With One Facebook Post," 28 Feb. 2017 Christina Delgado, a hairdresser and mother of two, remembers the day like a dream: a call from her best friend who couldn't find her children, running down the highway in her pajamas, passing screaming parents and teenagers covered in blood. CBS News, "Small-town America hit hardest by mass school shootings," 22 May 2018

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First Known Use of hairdresser

1764, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hairdresser

: a person who cuts and shapes hair


hair·​dress·​er | \ˈher-ˌdre-sər \

Kids Definition of hairdresser

: a person who styles or cuts hair

Other Words from hairdresser

hairdressing noun

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