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 head a 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

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The Game of Thrones star kept her hair pulled back in sweet pigtail braids and completed her semi-sporty ensemble with white sneakers, a sweater tied around the waist, and oversized sunglasses. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Maisie Williams Matches Her Dress with Her Bright Pink Hair at Wimbledon," 8 July 2019 Styling options — get ready — include Dutch French braids, headband, crown and waterfall braids, Afro buns, cornrows and a pony and reverse French braided pigtails, phew. Kevin Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Lollapalooza 2019: Things we loved from day 4, but Ariana Grande was a pop star on autopilot," 4 Aug. 2019 Elle Fanning also made a statement with her strands: her sunny tresses were wrapped up into high pigtails, tied with turquoise ribbons. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Bette Midler, Lupita Nyong’o, and More," 12 May 2019 In 7-on-7s, Nelson was covered by a linebacker, ran a pigtail route, caught a pass from Glennon and turned on the jets to the sideline. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders practice report: Gruden wants more from backup QBs," 4 Aug. 2019 Dozens of firefighters wearing dress uniforms marched into the Forest Hills Cemetery Sunday morning in a solemn procession headed by a 4-year-old girl in a light pink dress and pigtails. Gal Tziperman Lotan, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston firefighters gather to remember their fallen," 9 June 2019 Moments later, underlining just how planned and strategic a move this was, her staff tweeted out a photo of the schoolgirl-age Kamala Harris: serious-faced, dressed in a white blouse and neat coat, with her hair in pigtails. Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post, "NBC played it smart by getting out of the way when Kamala Harris challenged Joe Biden over race," 28 June 2019 Aniston first wore the effortlessly cool ensemble—a white T-shirt, minidress, backward cap, and pigtails—while on the set of her 1997 romantic comedy Picture Perfect. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Selena Gomez Transformed into Jennifer Aniston in the '90s and We're Seeing Double," 29 May 2019 As pointed out by Vogue, the show featured other models donning pigtails, too. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Models Wore Chic Pigtails for Alexander Wang’s Fall 2019 Fashion Show," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of pigtail

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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