longhair

noun

long·​hair ˈlȯŋ-ˌher How to pronounce longhair (audio)
1
: an impractical intellectual
2
: a person of artistic gifts or interests
especially : a lover of classical music
3
: a person with long hair
especially : hippie
4
or less commonly long-hair or longhaired cat : a domestic cat having long outer fur
long-haired adjective
or longhaired

Examples of longhair in a Sentence

Longhairs crowded into the music festival. long-standing tension between the townies and the longhairs at the elite college
Recent Examples on the Web All cats, however—including lions, tigers and British longhairs, oh my!—lack a chunk of DNA that occurs in the Tas1r2 gene of other mammals. David Biello, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2015 Raisa was a fixture on Chicago’s opera scene, and La Scala’ stage was sacred space in the world of longhairs, as classical music fans are sometimes known. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 19 Mar. 2023 With a warm smile and loving spirit, the 3-year-old longhair Chihuahua is hoping for a family that needs a new sous chef that just so happens to have four legs. The Republic, The Arizona Republic, 2 Dec. 2022 The volunteers unloading the military supplies are friends from the Ukrainian film and television industry — a longhair bunch of cinematographers, gaffers, set decorators and marketing strategists. Washington Post, 9 Apr. 2022 That’s because all cats—longhair, shorthair, no hair—shed a pernicious little protein called Fel d 1, found in the saliva and oil glands, which causes most cat allergies. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, 5 Nov. 2021 Choco Taco is an absolutely gorgeous 8-year-old longhair chocolate point Siamese kitty who found herself in a sad predicament after being abandoned at the Arizona Humane Society, along with two other cats. Arizona Republic Contributors, The Arizona Republic, 21 Aug. 2021 The longhair man crossed an empty street and, in a swift yet calm manner, set the corner of a wooden outdoor dining shed ablaze. Washington Post, 30 July 2021 Adorable Millie is a 5-year-old domestic longhair tabby who was brought to the Arizona Humane Society a little over a month ago when a Good Samaritan found her as a sick stray and brought her to the shelter. The Arizona Republic, 14 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1889, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of longhair was in 1889

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“Longhair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longhair. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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