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Definition of perm

 (Entry 1 of 2)


permed; perming; perms

Definition of perm (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give (hair) a permanent wave

Examples of perm in a Sentence

Noun She got a perm last week. Verb She got her hair permed at the salon.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Natural curls, a curly perm, a wig — anything's possible. Addison Aloian, Allure, 23 Feb. 2022 Even a truly tragic male perm couldn't dull their ardor. Ew Staff,, 14 Feb. 2022 Hazebrouck’s lips were enlarged and lowered, and his straight hair was given a Croce-style perm. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 2 Jan. 2022 Auto-sensing preset cycles for heavy duty, regular, perm press or delicate fabrics are Energy Saver cycles and use a moisture sensing system to calculate the time to dry the load, without over-drying. Lynn Redmile, Good Housekeeping, 17 Sep. 2021 Director Ridley Scott initially wanted just two wigs and one makeup look to carry the story of Reggiani and the Gucci family from the ‘70s to the ‘90s, but Aspiras fought for a range of wigs, including a tight ’80s perm to help age Gaga. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 26 Nov. 2021 Docrat also suggests a lash perm or even humble strip lashes. Megan Decker,, 13 Oct. 2021 Staffing firms are doing more perm placement than ever before, always with the fee paid by the employer. Phil Blair, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2021 Ross has a strong air of the 1970s about him, from his unvarying perm to his constant, hippie-style references to the happiness and fulfillment that painting can offer. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 2 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This update allows users to perm any two from the four cameras in the handset. Ewan Spence, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 At one point, Shelton asked a friend to perm his long hair, according to the article. Madeline Buckley,, 8 Aug. 2020 Camila Cabello's long, beachy curls and a piece-y curtain fringe have become her signature look since perming her naturally-straight hair. Megan Decker,, 5 Feb. 2020 By the end of the week, residents in Georgia will be able to get their hair permed and nails done. Anchorage Daily News, 23 Apr. 2020 Whitney Eaddy’s was no different as the then 19-year-old had been wearing permed hair since the age of two. Shalwah Evans, Essence, 3 Oct. 2019 That's why most salons won't perm lightened hair, because it's already damaged from color treatments. Erin Reimel, Glamour, 23 Mar. 2019 The sloped shape of it serves to give your lashes a curved shape to form to when slathered in perming lotion. Sable Yong, Allure, 23 July 2018 In fact, between talking about haircuts and cold waves — a technique being taught to perm hair that uses a cold chemical wash over rollers — many took the opportunity to share their more-pressing concerns with us., 2 June 2018 See More

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First Known Use of perm


1927, in the meaning defined above


1928, in the meaning defined above

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19 Mar 2022

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“Perm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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