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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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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The police shooting was the first in Walnut Creek since Dec. 27, 2012, when officers killed 22-year-old hairdresser Anthony Banta Jr. in his townhouse on Creekside Drive. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "Walnut Creek police officers who shot mentally ill man wore body cameras," 3 June 2019 Piccioli has already started work on the casting, with help from stylist Joe McKenna, the famed Azzedine Alaïa whisperer who is part of Piccioli’s starry show team along with makeup maven Pat McGrath and hairdresser Guido Palau. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside the Private World of Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli," 3 Mar. 2019 Entourage includes:— 2x asst private secretaries, 3x comms staffers, digital officer, assistant, hairdresser, programme coordinator. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Arrives in Morocco Wearing the Most Stunning Valentino Cape Dress," 23 Feb. 2019 Tiara’s are heavy, require hairdressers and lots of insurance. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "India Hicks Recounts Her Mother's Treasure Hunt for Lost Jewels," 21 Feb. 2019 Then, in January, just hours after the governor’s state of the state address, KMOV, a St. Louis television station, aired a recording of Mr. Greitens’s former hairdresser, speaking about Mr. Greitens with her husband at the time. New York Times, "Missouri’s Governor, a Rising G.O.P. Star, Resigns Amid Scandal," 29 May 2018 Being a hairdresser has a huge financial obligation. Megan Mcintyre, Glamour, "What No One Tells You About Tipping at the Hair Salon," 12 Dec. 2018 Most German companies registered as U.K. limiteds are small businesses, such as hairdressers, said John Hammond, a lawyer at CMS Hasche Sigle Partnership of Lawyers & Tax Advisors LLP. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "As Brexit Nears, European Firms Look to Change Legal Structure," 12 Dec. 2018 Her mother, a hairdresser, finally persuaded her to enroll in a drug-treatment center. Jason Horowitz,, "Migrants were welcome in Macerata, before a murder," 7 July 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 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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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