hairline

noun

hair·​line ˈher-ˈlīn How to pronounce hairline (audio)
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
2
3
a
: a textile design consisting of lengthwise or crosswise lines usually one thread wide
b
: a fabric with such a design
4
a
: the outline of scalp hair especially on the forehead
b
: the way the hair frames the face
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 This product is designed to help with hair thinning, receding hairline, and bald spots. Larry Stansbury, Essence, 9 Apr. 2024 Step 4: Then, from the eyebrows up and over to the hairline, cover each area 3 to 5 times. Step 5: Repeat on the other side of the face. Jenn Barthole, Glamour, 9 Apr. 2024 On days three to five of symptoms, a blotchy rash often forms at the hairline before spreading to the rest of the body. Joe Murphy, NBC News, 27 Mar. 2024 Thicker headbands worn closer to the hairline — as seen on Alix Earle at Paris Fashion Week — give a decidedly Brigitte Bargot feel. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 20 Mar. 2024 Good results, including natural-looking hairlines, dense and healthy growth, and minimal scarring, are frequently highlighted in patient testimonials and reviews, further enhancing the reputation of hair transplant clinics in Turkey. Chris Gallagher, Journal Sentinel, 28 Mar. 2024 This meticulous process restores a natural, full head of hair that seamlessly blends with the patient's existing hairline and texture. Tyler Shepherd, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2024 Early signs of alopecia typically begin with bumps on the scalp or hair loss at the beginning of the hairline. Celeste Polanco, Essence, 18 Jan. 2024 Remnants of that day — a scar from the front of her hairline to the middle of her head — remain. Journal Sentinel, 4 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of hairline was in 1846

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Cite this Entry

“Hairline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hairline. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

hairline

noun
hair·​line ˈha(ə)r-ˌlīn How to pronounce hairline (audio)
ˈhe(ə)r-
1
a
: a very slender line
b
: a very thin crack on a surface
a hairline bone fracture
2
: the outline of the hair on the head and especially on the forehead
hairline adjective

Medical Definition

hairline

noun
hair·​line -ˈlīn How to pronounce hairline (audio)
: the outline of scalp hair especially on the forehead
hairline adjective

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