ra·​zor | \ˈrā-zər \

Definition of razor 

: a keen-edged cutting instrument for shaving or cutting hair

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Retiring upstairs is the ideal way to end the meal, and the room rate includes an epic room-service breakfast and freebies like Harry's razors, Marvis toothpaste, and Pliney the Elder IPA from the local Russian River Brewing Co. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "T&C Travel Guide: Napa Valley and Sonoma County, California," 9 July 2018 Next to her glass sits a razor, sharp object number 4. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Sharp Objects Premiere Recap: Home Is Where The Murder Is," 9 July 2018 She is known for carefully arranging iPhone cases, pink razors, and makeup brushes and color-coordinating makeup cases and fake flowers for her photographs. Nadja Sayej, Teen Vogue, "Artist Sara Cwynar on Perceptions of Beauty," 26 June 2018 Each shower client receives a towel, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, a razor, shaving cream, deodorant and a change of clothes. Manya Brachear Pashman, chicagotribune.com, "Catholic Charities unveils showers for homeless in Chicago," 18 June 2018 The people walking the streets are looking for small gifts, restaurant recommendations and often convenience items such as razors, snacks, ponchos and deodorant. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Bodega, bourbon painting classes and studios slated for Alley Theater," 15 June 2018 To prevent nicks and possible infection or inflammation in the hair follicles, Marchbein recommends using a sharp razor, and changing out the blade every two to three shaves. Kayleigh Donahue, Allure, "Allure's Guide to Hair Removal From Your Brows to Your Bikini Line," 6 June 2018 The packages included items such as soap, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste, baby wipes, hairbrushes and feminine pads. Corlyn Voorhees, OregonLive.com, "Gresham-area students win funds for food pantry, computers in community service competition," 5 June 2018 And then there are the super specific ones, like the axe, razor, flamingo, and briefs — as in men’s underwear. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "The 2019 emoji candidates include that flamingo you’ve been looking for," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of razor

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for razor

Middle English rasour, from Anglo-French rasur, from raser to raze, shave — more at rase

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razor's edge



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The first known use of razor was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of razor

: a tool or device with a sharp edge that is used to shave or cut hair from the face, body, or head


ra·​zor | \ˈrā-zər \

Kids Definition of razor

: a sharp cutting instrument used to shave off hair

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to express warning or disapproval

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