hair·​line | \ ˈher-ˈlīn How to pronounce hairline (audio) \

Definition of hairline

1 : a very slender line: such as
a : a tiny line or crack on a surface a hairline bone fracture
b : a fine line connecting thicker strokes in a printed letter
3a : a textile design consisting of lengthwise or crosswise lines usually one thread wide
b : a fabric with such a design
4a : the outline of scalp hair especially on the forehead
b : the way the hair frames the face

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Other Words from hairline

hairline adjective

Examples of hairline in a Sentence

The plate had a hairline running across it. He has a receding hairline.
Recent Examples on the Web The advanced non-drip formula means your bathroom, clothes, and hairline will be stain-free after application. Andrea Jordan, Southern Living, "The Best Box Hair Dyes to Touch Up Your Color at Home," 20 May 2020 Wire service and Washington Post photos taken at the same time show the same pale strip of skin around the president’s hairline but with less intense color overall, and thus less of a mask-like effect. Washington Post, "What was going on with that startling sunset photo of Trump on Twitter?," 10 Feb. 2020 Another way to avoid a costly fix is by only touching up the color around your hairline, and one inch on either side of your part. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "The Best At-Home Hair Color and Box Dyes," 10 Apr. 2020 Continue trimming around the bottom section of your hairline, holding the hair out of the way of the trimmer. USA Today, "Steps to cutting your own hair during the coronavirus shutdown," 23 Apr. 2020 It is often characterized by a receding hairline or thinning of the hair on the back or top of the scalp. Beth Wood, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Patchy success for most baldness treatments," 26 Aug. 2019 For little patches of gray peeking through at the hairline, use a powder like Color Wow Root Cover Up, $34.50. Crystal Martin, New York Times, "How to Touch Up Your Roots at Home," 31 Mar. 2020 This weekend, Buck posted a video of PGA Tour golfer Justin Thomas inspecting his hairline. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Hear Joe Buck do play-by-play on Justin Thomas’ receding hairline," 30 Mar. 2020 To trim long hairs, brush your brow up toward your hairline using a brow brush or spoolie and snip with small cosmetic scissors (erring on the side of keeping the hair long). Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, "11 beauty ideas to practice self-care at home," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of hairline

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hairline was in 1846

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14 Jun 2020

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“Hairline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hairline

: a thin line or crack
: the line where your hair starts on your forehead


hair·​line | \ -ˈlīn How to pronounce hairline (audio) \

Medical Definition of hairline

: the outline of scalp hair especially on the forehead

Other Words from hairline

hairline adjective

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