hair

noun, often attributive
\ ˈher How to pronounce hair (audio) \

Definition of hair

1a : a slender threadlike outgrowth of the epidermis of an animal especially : one of the usually pigmented filaments that form the characteristic coat of a mammal
b : the hairy covering of an animal or a body part especially : the coating of hairs on a human head
2 : haircloth
3a : a minute distance or amount won by a hair
b : a precise degree aligned to a hair
4 obsolete : nature, character
5 : a filamentous structure that resembles hair leaf hair
in one's hair
: persistently and annoyingly in one's presence can't work with you in my hair all day
out of one's hair
: out of one's way : not in one's hair keep the children out of his hair for a while

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Illustration of hair

hair 1a: 1 shaft, 2 sebaceous gland, 3 epidermis, 4 dermis, 5 hair follicle, 6 bulb, 7 papilla

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Other Words from hair

hairless adjective
hairlessness noun
hairlike \ -​ˌlīk How to pronounce hairlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of hair in a Sentence

He plucked a hair from his arm. There are dog hairs all over my coat. The hair on her arms is blond. He has a lot of hair on his chest. He got his hair cut last week. He has a thick head of hair. a balding man who is losing his hair He won the race by a hair. He was a hair off on the count.
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Recent Examples on the Web

There’s an attractive (at least physically, definitely not personality-wise) bad boy character with long, rumpled hair who is most definitely a criminal. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Netflix's The I-Land tries (and fails) to be the next Lost — just like these 11 other shows," 14 Sep. 2019 These are: kes (long, uncut hair), kara (steel bracelet), kanga (wooden comb), kirpan (small sword) and kachera (soldier-shorts). Simran Jeet Singh, The Conversation, "Why Sikhs wear a turban and what it means to practice the faith in the United States," 13 Sep. 2019 Without it, Ansari can be spotted a mile off because of his hair, which is almost as crazy as his dance. The Economist, "This Indian TikTok star wants you to know his name," 13 Sep. 2019 Now, for Gaga’s first Allure cover, the direction is a hair more literal: Gaga as Warrior Goddess, a contemporary Nike painted in blazing shades of treasure. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "How Lady Gaga Got Her Allure Cover Look — Including the Haus Laboratories Makeup She Wore," 12 Sep. 2019 Last night, Demi Lovato unveiled a stunning hair moment that will go down in history: neon green tips on her short brunette bob. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Fans Think Demi Lovato's Green Billie Eilish-Inspired Hair is Proof That They're Working on New Music," 12 Sep. 2019 Their hair, erm plants, will start growing within one to two weeks. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "It’s Settled: Everyone on Our Christmas List Is Getting a Golden Girls Chia Pet," 12 Sep. 2019 There’s nothing quite like a real life fairytale...except really, really good hair. Braelyn Wood, Health.com, "Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray Is the Meghan Markle-Loved Beauty Product Everyone Needs to Try," 12 Sep. 2019 Without it, Ansari can be spotted a mile off because of his hair, which is almost as crazy as his dance. Snigdha Poonam, 1843, "This Indian TikTok star wants you to know his name," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of hair

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hair

Middle English, from Old English hǣr; akin to Old High German hār hair

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Haines

haing

Haiphong

hair

hair's breadth

hair ball

hairbeard

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The first known use of hair was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for hair

hair

noun

English Language Learners Definition of hair

: a thin threadlike growth from the skin of a person or animal
: a covering or growth of hairs
: the covering of hairs on a person's head

hair

noun
\ ˈher How to pronounce hair (audio) \

Kids Definition of hair

1 : a threadlike growth from the skin of a person or animal She pulled out a hair.
2 : a covering or growth of hairs I got my hair cut.
3 : something (as a growth on a leaf) like an animal hair
4 : a very small distance or amount I won by a hair.

Other Words from hair

haired \ ˈherd \ adjective a long-haired dog
hairless \ ˈher-​ləs \ adjective
hairlike \ -​ˌlīk \ adjective

hair

noun, often attributive
\ ˈha(ə)r, ˈhe(ə)r How to pronounce hair (audio) \

Medical Definition of hair

1 : a slender threadlike outgrowth of the epidermis of an animal especially : one of the usually pigmented filaments that form the characteristic coat of a mammal
2 : the hairy covering of an animal or a body part especially : the coating of hairs on a human head

Other Words from hair

hairlike \ -​ˌlīk How to pronounce hairlike (audio) \ adjective

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