pig·​tail | \ ˈpig-ˌtāl \

Definition of pigtail

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

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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 Frankendoll Tie your hair up in some pigtails, and transform your face into a creepy but incredibly cute monster. 22. Devon Abelman, Allure, "27 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes You Can Do With Just Makeup," 10 Oct. 2018 Before moving on to makeup, Aldridge ties her dark, chest-grazing lengths into pigtail braids. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Lily Aldridge Does Her Full Pregnancy Glow Routine—Including Baby Bump Sheet Masking," 28 Nov. 2018 Of course, Ariana's version came without Sailor Moon's longer accompanying pigtails. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Wore “Sailor Moon”-Inspired Pigtail Buns for a Date with Pete Davidson," 29 Aug. 2018 In the photo, Blake sports Baby Spice's (real name Emma Bunton) signature high pigtails and extreme platform shoes and poses with a younger girl. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Baby Spice Commented on Blake Lively's Spice Girls Throwback Picture and She Lost It," 5 Aug. 2018 For hair, cut a length of natural raffia, glue middle of bunch to top of squash, then tie ends into pigtails with thin cotton ribbon. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "50+ Creative Pumpkin Carving Ideas for Halloween," 25 July 2018 The children who found ways to stave off temptation—by singing songs or pulling pigtails—went on to have higher SAT scores and lower body-mass indexes than their ravenous peers. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Serena Williams on Motherhood, Marriage, and Making Her Comeback," 10 Jan. 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 \

Kids Definition of pigtail

: a tight braid of hair

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