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

Examples of hairnet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Chefs have hair, hairnets are fallible, and a strand can inevitably make its way onto a plate—we’re all human. Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 6 Feb. 2024 Another employee put on a hairnet and then put on gloves to handle food without washing hands. Michael Braga, The Arizona Republic, 15 Dec. 2023 Employees in gloves and hairnets then drop the slices into plastic pouches, which are sealed and packaged together. Jeanna Smialek Hilary Swift, New York Times, 12 Nov. 2023 The women are all ages, in matching button-down shirts and not quite invisible hairnets. Clare Sestanovich, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2023 Inside a bright greenhouse about an hour outside Dallas, workers in hairnets and gloves place plugs of lettuce and other greens into small plastic containers — hundreds of thousands of them — that stack up to the ceiling. Melina Walling, Fortune, 18 Sep. 2023 In her design studio, Tory gave us a tour of the collection, from its retro-futurist silhouettes to the tinkling bells accenting the skirts and hairnets. Chloe Malle, Vogue, 12 Sep. 2023 Surely, the hairnet signaled that this cute, little vato was bound for San Quentin. Myriam Gurba, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2023 Because his look was topped off by a hairnet, teachers acted as if José couldn’t be trusted to sharpen a pencil. Myriam Gurba, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2023

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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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“Hairnet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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