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 Her husband was allowed in, wearing a mask and gloves and a hairnet. The New Yorker, "at the epicenter of the pandemic.," 27 Apr. 2020 The tour guides and visitor center workers haveditched their uniforms for hairnets, hats and protective gloves. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Inside this Kentucky speakeasy, 'coveted' alcohol is being made. But it's not bourbon," 31 Mar. 2020 Some of us are even wearing hairnets as an extra level of protection. Molly Longman,, "What It’s Like To Be A Nurse In The Coronavirus Pandemic," 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, "This young Maryland chemist brews up artisanal fountain pen ink in his shed," 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, "AP News in Brief at 6:04 p.m. EDT," 28 Mar. 2020 About 75 workers in blue gloves and hairnets paralleled the production lines, screwing spray tops onto bottles. Lizzie Johnson,, "Transformed by the coronavirus: San Rafael’s EO Products can’t make enough hand sanitizer," 27 Mar. 2020 The rooms are tended only by a small crew of workers in hairnets and white smocks, four workers per shift. Chico Harlan, Washington Post, "Italian hand sanitizer Amuchina inspires memes as its producer races to meet demand," 6 Mar. 2020 Residents at the shelter usually line up to get their food from a counter, but for Thanksgiving the men were served by volunteers in white aprons and hairnets. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "At a homeless shelter in D.C., a special — but bittersweet — Thanksgiving meal," 28 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of hairnet

1822, in the meaning defined above

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“Hairnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hairnet

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

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