hair

noun, often attributive
\ ˈher How to pronounce hair (audio) \

Definition of hair

1a : a slender threadlike outgrowth of the epidermis of an animal especially : one of the usually pigmented filaments that form the characteristic coat of a mammal
b : the hairy covering of an animal or a body part especially : the coating of hairs on a human head
3a : a minute distance or amount won by a hair
b : a precise degree aligned to a hair
4 obsolete : nature, character
5 : a filamentous structure that resembles hair leaf hair
in one's hair
: persistently and annoyingly in one's presence can't work with you in my hair all day
out of one's hair
: out of one's way : not in one's hair keep the children out of his hair for a while

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Illustration of hair

hair 1a: 1 shaft, 2 sebaceous gland, 3 epidermis, 4 dermis, 5 hair follicle, 6 bulb, 7 papilla

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Other Words from hair

hairless adjective
hairlessness noun
hairlike \ ˈher-​ˌlīk How to pronounce hairlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hair in a Sentence

He plucked a hair from his arm. There are dog hairs all over my coat. The hair on her arms is blond. He has a lot of hair on his chest. He got his hair cut last week. He has a thick head of hair. a balding man who is losing his hair He won the race by a hair. He was a hair off on the count.
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Recent Examples on the Web The shop also carries a wide variety of accessories, including tiaras, shoes, hair clips, etc. cleveland, "La Chic Boutique opens in Rocky River, just in time for proms and summer weddings," 17 Feb. 2020 Levi Norwood was later found at a Target near Durham, North Carolina, allegedly shoplifting hair dye, clothes and a backpack, according to law enforcement officials. Christina Carrega, ABC News, "Teen accused of killing mom, younger brother arrested in North Carolina," 16 Feb. 2020 By this point, we’ve gotten used to seeing Kylie Jenner with a variety of hair changes. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Wears a Long Brown Wig on Instagram," 15 Feb. 2020 Ahead of the collective’s first coed show, the beauty prep supplies extend beyond traditional cans of hair texturizer and pans of complexion products. Arden Fanning Andrews, Vogue, "London Fashion Week’s Most Talked-About Hair Accessory Is in Your Bodega Aisle," 15 Feb. 2020 Sola Salon Studios, Schmoldt said, rents 30 spaces to hair stylists; the stylists set up their own physical space, their own pricing and model. Cathy Kozlowicz, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sola Salon Studios will be the first new tenant at The Shops on Appleton renovated strip mall in Menomonee Falls," 12 Feb. 2020 In his speech, Cherry called for federal passage of the CROWN Act, a California law that ends discrimination based on hair style or texture. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "‘Parasite’ and Bong Joon Ho win big at the Oscars," 11 Feb. 2020 Customers can also purchase home hair coloring kits. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "New-to-Houston retailers coming to Rice Village," 11 Feb. 2020 This ring light kit features a circle of 240 LED bulbs on a stand and is ideal for makeup artists and hair stylists who want to show off their best work. Popular Science, "Photography lighting kits for beginners," 11 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of hair

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hair

Middle English, from Old English hǣr; akin to Old High German hār hair

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The first known use of hair was before the 12th century

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20 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hairless. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for hair

hair

noun
How to pronounce hair (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hair

: a thin threadlike growth from the skin of a person or animal
: a covering or growth of hairs
: the covering of hairs on a person's head

hair

noun
\ ˈher How to pronounce hair (audio) \

Kids Definition of hair

1 : a threadlike growth from the skin of a person or animal She pulled out a hair.
2 : a covering or growth of hairs I got my hair cut.
3 : something (as a growth on a leaf) like an animal hair
4 : a very small distance or amount I won by a hair.

Other Words from hair

haired \ ˈherd \ adjective a long-haired dog
hairless \ ˈher-​ləs \ adjective
hairlike \ -​ˌlīk \ adjective

hair

noun, often attributive
\ ˈha(ə)r, ˈhe(ə)r How to pronounce hair (audio) \

Medical Definition of hair

1 : a slender threadlike outgrowth of the epidermis of an animal especially : one of the usually pigmented filaments that form the characteristic coat of a mammal
2 : the hairy covering of an animal or a body part especially : the coating of hairs on a human head

Other Words from hair

hairlike \ -​ˌlīk How to pronounce hairlike (audio) \ adjective

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