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
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 \ ˈher-​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 In a look reminiscent of Aaliyah in Queen of The Damned, the model showcased a makeup and hair aesthetic that was nothing short of regal, and that was the point. Blake Newby, Essence, "Ebonee Davis’s Birthday Makeup Was A Tribute To The Ancestors," 20 Nov. 2020 But that was before removing their soiled rubber aprons and gloves, discarding their hair nets and ear plugs, and washing their boots and gloves, a 10 to 15-minute process. Paula Dobbyn, Anchorage Daily News, "Rat-infested dorms, contaminated drinking water and wage theft: lawsuit alleges nightmare conditions at Alaska seafood processing plants," 20 Nov. 2020 They FaceTime Maggie in, whose hair has grown a hell of a lot in one month. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "A Million Little Things season 3 premiere recap: Will Eddie survive?," 20 Nov. 2020 At one point, he was forced to dab away with a handkerchief two streams of what appeared to be hair dye that were running down each of his cheeks. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Rudy Giuliani Is a Hot Mess," 20 Nov. 2020 Add to that the many parodies of Ross’ distinctive style – and hair – and Ross continues to have a major star presence in popular media. David Lyman, The Enquirer, "A Bob Ross quilt show in Cincinnati? 2020 needs this," 20 Nov. 2020 In the Covid Economy, Laid-Off Employees Become New Entrepreneurs After pandemic cutbacks, some survive and even thrive by turning their skills into businesses, from porch-front hair styling to mobile knife sharpening. Wsj Noted., WSJ, "More Americans Are Becoming Their Own Bosses in the Coronavirus Economy," 20 Nov. 2020 Princess Diana's hair was shorn into a pixie cut then and there. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A Look Back at Princess Diana’s Hair Evolution—Including the ’90s Pixie Cut That Changed It All," 20 Nov. 2020 Over the past nine years in the industry, Kai has experimented with color, dyeing his hair teal, crimson, pink, and platinum. Devon Abelman, Allure, "K-Pop Star Kai Surprised Fans With Neon Green Hair in New Music Video Teaser," 19 Nov. 2020

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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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Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hair. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for hair

hair

noun
How to pronounce hair (audio)

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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