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 mammalb : the hairy covering of an animal or a body part; especially : the coating of hairs on a human head
2 : haircloth
3a : a minute distance or amount won by a hairb : a precise degree aligned to a hair
5 : a filamentous structure that resembles hair leaf hair
hairlikeplay \-ˌlīk\ adjective
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
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.
Recent Examples of hair from the Web
Their sound is a throwback to The Black Crowes and their hair is as long as Mick Jagger's.
Every laugh line, every gray hair, each stretch mark and scar tells the greatest story — the story of you.
The IQ difference will be about as interesting as African-descended people’s genetic predisposition to lactose intolerance or lesser amounts of bodily hair.
Arrive at the restaurant, sunglasses on, ready for a hearty meal and some hair of the dog.
Getty BRB, screen grabbing and heading to the hair dresser ASAP.
Garlands of white baby’s breath flowers were woven into hair, trailed in long bouquets grazing the ground, or held underneath arm clasps of models, who walked slowly around the courtyard as though caught in a trace.
The bakery is in the same center as Amber Waves hair salon, Couture Vision and Vita Sana, just north of Potbelly.
An orange light shone down from the ceiling upon her hair.
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Origin and Etymology of hair
Middle English, from Old English hǣr; akin to Old High German hār hair
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
HAIR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hair for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of hair for Students
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.
haired\ˈherd\ adjective a long-haired dog
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
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