pig·​tail ˈpig-ˌtāl How to pronounce pigtail (audio)
plural pigtails
: tobacco in small twisted strands or rolls
: 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 pigtailJohn 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

Examples of pigtail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the clip, Carpenter dons riding gear and has her blonde locks styled into braided pigtails. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 15 July 2024 These are not prim and proper pigtails; these are fashion pigtails! Kara Nesvig, Allure, 11 July 2024 For a recent performance at Coney Island, the star channeled the eternal icon Steve Urkel of Family Matters fame in geek-chic pigtails and oversized glasses. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 18 June 2024 Paisley Toten, sporting pigtails and a giant grin at the time, was seated next to her mother in the bed of their pickup when the incident occurred at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Jessica Schladebeck, New York Daily News, 6 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for pigtail 

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Word History

First Known Use

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pigtail was in 1681

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“Pigtail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pigtail. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


pig·​tail -ˌtāl How to pronounce pigtail (audio)
: a tight braid of hair

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