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
2 : haircloth
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 \ -​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

Use vanilla frosting to add tufts of hair and attach holly sprinkles between the antlers. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Snowy Cookie Truffles," 30 Nov. 2018 And Eilish’s edgy, anti-pop aesthetic is hard to miss: her signature blue-gray hair, eye-popping streetwear, and mounds of silver necklaces are intimidatingly cool—and delightfully weird. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Squeaky-Clean Pop Star Is Over—Thank Billie Eilish," 24 Apr. 2019 That meant incurring even more student debt and losing more of my sanity (and hair) to graduate and take the bar…again. Maria Kari, Glamour, "Stop Telling Kim Kardashian, Possible Future Lawyer, to 'Stay In Her Lane'," 21 Apr. 2019 Each member has their own distinctive personality and aesthetic — A-chan’s iconic ponytail, Kashiyuka’s impossibly straight long hair, and Nocchi’s flawless bob are just the beginning. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Perfume on Being the First Female J-Pop Group Ever to Play Coachella," 19 Apr. 2019 Maisie Williams, for one, stepped out with new electric-purple hair and flawless makeup to match — the latter of which was courtesy of Urban Decay's collection inspired by the hit show that dropped this week. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Maisie Williams Wore a Full Face of Urban Decay’s Game of Thrones Makeup Collection to the Season 8 Premiere," 4 Apr. 2019 The former vice president was attacked Friday by a Bernie Sanders supporter for encroaching on her personal space at her 2014 campaign rally, smelling her hair and kissing the back of her head, leaving her uncomfortable. Karl Rove, WSJ, "Don’t Count Joe Biden Out," 3 Apr. 2019 White men would darken their faces to create caricatures of black people, including large mouths, lips and eyes, woolly hair and coal-black skin. Jesse J. Holland, The Seattle Times, "Explaining the outrage: Racist history of American blackface began in the 1830s," 6 Feb. 2019 Getty Images Model and actress Emily Ratajkowski took to Instagram over the weekend to reveal a new, dramatic makeover, showing off platinum blonde hair for her latest photoshoot. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Emily Ratajkowksi Looks Totally Unrecognizable With Platinum Blonde Hair," 25 Mar. 2019

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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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More Definitions for hair

hair

noun

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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