rat·​tail | \ ˈrat-ˌtāl How to pronounce rattail (audio) \

Definition of rattail

1 : a horse's tail with little or no hair

Examples of rattail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If your strands tend to fall flat, use a skinny or rattail comb to gently tease hair at the roots all over, giving the appearance of more volume. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "13 Ways to Get Thicker Hair, According to Hair Care Experts," 18 Sep. 2019 For precision, Bailey used the super-skinny tail end of a rattail comb. Chelsea Hall, Marie Claire, "Oh, Baby!," 5 Oct. 2020 Starting with a back section, begin at the nape and use a rattail comb to divide a ½ inch wide strip. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, "How to Safely Bleach Your Hair at Home, According to Color Pros," 30 June 2020 The gem glued onto his eyebrow and copper eye shadow almost distracted me from that second rattail — almost. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Ateez's Hongjoong Just Revealed Another Controversial Hairstyle: A Rattail," 25 Sep. 2019 Kristen Stewart is the kind of person who can pull off just about any beauty look imaginable — yes, even a rattail. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Makeup Artist Beau Nelson Reveals the Details Behind Kristen Stewart's Coolest Red-Carpet Makeup Looks," 17 July 2018 And just as fun and cleverly off-kilter were the styles, from a flamingo-hued half-up look remixed with twin raver knots to a hyper-bleached pixie accented with a single fuchsia micro braid trailing down the back like an ethereal rattail. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Eye-Popping Hair Rules the Street at Tokyo Fashion Week," 19 Oct. 2018 Using a rattail comb and the middle of each eyebrow as a guide, part your hair down each side, ending at the crown of your head. Stasha Harris, Cosmopolitan, "Prepare to Be Obsessed With This Gorgeous Bejeweled Fro," 8 Mar. 2018 Starting at the point of your hairline above the middle of your left eyebrow, draw a zigzag part with a rattail comb back to the crown of your head. Stasha Harris, Cosmopolitan, "This Zigzag Stitch Ponytail Absolutely Slays," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of rattail

1705, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Apr 2021

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“Rattail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rattail. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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