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

Definition of pigtail

1 : tobacco in small twisted strands or rolls
2 : a tight braid of hair

Examples of pigtail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Pissy’s head was bald, sprouting with two sinister Pippi Longstocking pigtails of wig hair that hung like mean, foot-long shoulder dusters. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Pissy Pussy Is the Sassy Drag Queen Keeping New York’s Nightlife Scene Alive," 5 Sep. 2018 West's curly hair is pulled into sleek pigtails by her mom's hairstylist Chris Appleton. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "North West, Age Five, Stars On Her First Solo Magazine Cover," 22 Feb. 2019 Emulate her easy-to-ID signature ombre pink and blue pigtails from Margot Robbie's portrayal of the supervillain in Suicide Squad, and don't forget to smudge your eyes with pink and blue eye shadow to match the hair. Cameron Glover, Allure, "11 Halloween Costumes That You Can Do With Just a Wig," 9 Oct. 2018 Twist your pigtails from root to end, then wrap the twist around your elastic and secure it with bobby pins. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Millie Bobby Brown Brings Her Ribbon Spin to Space Buns," 5 Sep. 2018 Pull your hair into two pigtails high up on your head, making sure to smooth any major bumps along the base of your head. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Just Reminded Us How Much We Love Space Buns," 4 Dec. 2018 But leave it to Madonna to take an entirely new—not to mention creative—approach to airport hair, landing at New York's JFK airport yesterday with a recognizable set of pigtail braids. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Madonna’s Cool-Girl Braids Are the Ultimate Travel Day Beauty Solution," 29 Jan. 2019 The cooler cousin to pigtails, space buns are a fun and whimsical hairstyle that looks great on all hair textures. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Just Reminded Us How Much We Love Space Buns," 4 Dec. 2018 Luna's bubble-gum pink dress artfully draped behind her with matching pigtail ribbons—looks like there's another model-in-training at the Legend-Teigen (Teigen-Legend?) household. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Author, Cook, Mom, Wife Chrissy Teigen Is Also One of the Highest Paid Models," 14 Dec. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'pigtail.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of pigtail

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about pigtail

Statistics for pigtail

Last Updated

8 Apr 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for pigtail

The first known use of pigtail was in 1681

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for pigtail


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

Kids Definition of pigtail

: a tight braid of hair

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on pigtail

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with pigtail

Spanish Central: Translation of pigtail

Nglish: Translation of pigtail for Spanish Speakers

Comments on pigtail

What made you want to look up pigtail? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


likely to have or produce good results

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!