pig·​tail | \ ˈpig-ˌtāl How to pronounce pigtail (audio) \
plural pigtails

Definition of pigtail

1 : tobacco in small twisted strands or rolls
2 : a lock of hair that has been gathered and banded or braided together at the back or side of the head The hostess wore a peasant blouse and skirt and had her hair done up in a single thick pigtail— John Updike often used in the plural for a hairstyle in which two such locks or braids of hair are worn on either side of the heada little girl in pigtails… there's another hairstyle you should definitely try this year: Pigtails … I mean twin high ponytails that sprout from the top or sides of your head and kind of look like animal ears …— Erica Smith

Examples of pigtail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pull each section of your hair up into a single high pigtail. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "9 Super Cute Box Braid Hairstyles That Will Truly Have You Feelin' Yourself," 8 July 2020 Could the message behind Harley Quinn and her signature double-dipped blue and red pigtails be lost in the sauce of the film's very long name? Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "The Complicated Reason Margot Robbie’s Birds Of Prey Is Changing Its Iconic Title," 12 Feb. 2020 The April issue of Russian Glamour featured a pop star in pigtails, a yellow puffer jacket and a white respirator mask. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, "What’s the Point of a Fashion Magazine Now?," 9 Apr. 2020 Smalley starts by separating her long hair into two low pigtails, letting the shorter pieces in front hang free. Marci Robin, Allure, "This Stylist's Hair Hack Will Make It Look Like You Just Got a Professional Blowout," 4 Apr. 2020 My mind flashes to the childhood me, a little Indian girl who wore pigtails, strove for my parents’ approval and always focused on getting the best grades. Rashmi Airan, Washington Post, "I was a wealthy suburban woman. Then I went to federal prison for bank fraud.," 20 Feb. 2020 Hill's pigtails on fire As in her previous closed-door testimony, Hill's wit and humor were on full display Thursday. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, "'Fierce, focused and fearless': Fiona Hill emerges as a principled voice in impeachment inquiry," 22 Nov. 2019 And the former Gossip Girl star does bear a striking resemblance to Baby Spice in the photo, sporting pigtails, platform shoes, and a baby blue outfit. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Blake Lively Appeared in a Fan's Photo from a Spice Girls Concert," 5 Aug. 2018 Thunberg, who often wears her hair in pigtails as depicted in the image, has become a leading voice in the fight against climate change and is known worldwide for her activism. NBC News, "Teen activist Greta Thunberg responds to cartoon appearing to show her being assaulted," 1 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of pigtail

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Pigtail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pigtail. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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pig·​tail | \ ˈpig-ˌtāl How to pronounce pigtail (audio) \

Kids Definition of pigtail

: a tight braid of hair

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