hair·​net ˈher-ˌnet How to pronounce hairnet (audio)
: a net worn over the hair to keep it in place

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The brain is then heated to about body temperature, and the monomers join into a polymer mesh that holds everything in the brain together, but doesn’t bind lipids---like a hydrogel hairnet for the brain. Perrin Ireland, Discover Magazine, 26 Apr. 2013 The journey doesn’t end once new hires earn their hairnet. Tara Adhikari, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 May 2022 On another bench, a woman in a hairnet and gloves was on her way to a hospital shift. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2022 Not through gloves, goggles, a mask, a hairnet, a hazmat suit and plastic sheets. Lotte Bowser,, 13 Jan. 2022 Hesse put on a red hairnet, a blue lab coat, and a pair of white plastic clogs—mandatory cavewear—and made her way down a spiral staircase. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hairnet was in 1822

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Cite this Entry

“Hairnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


hair·​net -ˌnet How to pronounce hairnet (audio)
: a net worn over the hair to keep it in place
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