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

Examples of pigtail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also included in testing are baboons, cynomolgus and pigtail macaques, marmosets and squirrel monkeys. Julia Musto, Fox News, 18 July 2021 Meanwhile, Adeline sat studio side with nostalgic jumbo-pigtail braids, while Lianne La Havas looked stunning at the Brit Awards with two face-framing plaits with the rest hiked up into a high ponytail. Akili King, Vogue, 16 May 2021 Another option is holding the flower in place on the pigtail and securing the elastic around both the stem and the section of hair. Devon Abelman, Allure, 2 May 2021 Kardashian teased in an Instagram Story, wearing her black hair in pigtail braids with white dye painted across her eyebrows. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, 1 May 2021 Atkin's interpretation includes the addition of clear mini elastics cinching the braid at the root, creating a pigtail-style braid and a tighter, more secure hold. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, 22 Jan. 2021 Pull each section of your hair up into a single high pigtail. Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, 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, 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, 9 Apr. 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 19 Oct. 2021.

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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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