hair·​net | \ˈher-ˌnet \

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

Co-host Chrissy Tiegen even wore a hairnet and held a lunch tray for the performance. Jamie Spain,, "Oops, She Did It Again! RHONY's Ramona Singer Channels Britney Spears on Lip Sync Battle," 29 June 2018 Once everything was in tact, a beige hairnet was stretched over the bun with excess netting twisted and tightened for a nice grip. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "I Tried Kate Middleton's Hairnet Look and It Holds Up Through *Everything*," 24 Oct. 2016 The internet was abuzz this morning when it was discovered that Middleton wore a hairnet at the June 10 Buckingham Palace flypast to mark the 100th birthday celebrations of the Royal Air Force. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "This is Why Kate Middleton Likes to Wear Hairnets," 11 July 2018 Kate Middleton‘s impeccably-style updo is holding a little secret — a hairnet! Erin Hill,, "Kate Middleton Just Got Caught Wearing a Hairnet Over Her Flawless Second-Day Updo," 10 July 2018 Stocky and gruff, Mahmoud had served in the Syrian military before the war began, later trading his uniform for an apron and hairnet pulled tight over light, curly locks to work in the family shop. Erin Cunningham, Washington Post, "Turkey to Syrian refugees: You don’t have to go home, but don’t stay here," 10 Apr. 2018 The slight 66-year-old stands over the A’s grill wielding a spatula, a hairnet stretched over her dark bun and a red apron around her waist, waiting for her son to put her out of a job. Lauren Smiley, WIRED, "The Mission to Build the Ultimate Burger Bot," 21 June 2018 The princess has even used a hairnet in the past to keep her updo in place. Dave Quinn,, "Bye Bye, Messy Bun! Meghan Markle Debuts a New Polished Chignon (Just Like Kate!)," 22 May 2018 In 2012, the New York Times reported on the growing appeal of birth photography, running pictures of birthing women in hairnets and hospital gowns, and photographers crouched behind curtains. Allison Yarrow, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Childbirth Photos Instagram Didn't Want You to See," 11 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'hairnet.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of hairnet

1852, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about hairnet

Statistics for hairnet

Last Updated

17 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for hairnet

The first known use of hairnet was in 1852

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for hairnet



English Language Learners Definition of hairnet

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

Comments on hairnet

What made you want to look up hairnet? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


amusing and light sparring with words

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!