hair·​net | \ ˈher-ˌnet How to pronounce hairnet (audio) \

Definition of hairnet

: a net worn over the hair to keep it in place

Examples of hairnet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before giving The Washington Post a tour on a recent morning, Belfi suited up: two layers of booties, two pairs of gloves, a hairnet, a hood and a jumpsuit. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 The teenager, wearing a black hairnet, had arrived from Guatemala five years earlier, and this was his first day of work. Los Angeles Times, 14 Apr. 2021 Laura Kliman, senior flavor scientist for Impossible Foods, stood in the Redwood City, Calif., test kitchen in mask and hairnet, six ramekins of milk before her. Washington Post, 21 Oct. 2020 Her husband was allowed in, wearing a mask and gloves and a hairnet. The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2020 The tour guides and visitor center workers haveditched their uniforms for hairnets, hats and protective gloves. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, 31 Mar. 2020 Some of us are even wearing hairnets as an extra level of protection. Molly Longman,, 16 Apr. 2020 The 27-year-old works at a pharmaceutical company in Gaithersburg, donning protective coveralls and pulling hairnets over his long red locks and beard. John Kelly, Washington Post, 30 Sep. 2019 The doctors and nurses on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic in Italy are almost unrecognizable behind their masks, scrubs, gloves and hairnets — the flimsy battle armor donned at the start of each shift as the only barrier to contagion. Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of hairnet

1822, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hairnet was in 1822

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“Hairnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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: a net worn over someone's hair to keep it in place


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