ra·​zor ˈrā-zər How to pronounce razor (audio)
: a keen-edged cutting instrument for shaving or cutting hair

Examples of razor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The shelves are generously spaced to fit tall bottles, and there’s also a razor holder with hooks for loofah storage. Nicole Pyles, Better Homes & Gardens, 27 Oct. 2023 Find it on Amazon Deluxe Shaving Kit This Deluxe Shaving Kit is a thoughtful gift for grooming enthusiasts, offering an all-in-one shaving solution with its brush, bowl, and razor holder. Margaret Drake, Rolling Stone, 25 Oct. 2023 For decades, The Times learned, men detained there have used batteries and razors to spark fires to heat food, boil water, smoke drugs or stay warm. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 10 Oct. 2023 The lore of how painful a Brazilian wax can be has most opting for their trusty razor instead. Audrey Noble, Vogue, 11 Nov. 2023 Unlike electric razors, which cut hair at the skin’s surface, these devices won’t lead to stubble. Abbie Kozolchyk, wsj.com, 17 Oct. 2023 But as the election landscape shapes up to be another razor thin rematch between Biden and former president Donald Trump, the effort begs the question: what the hell is Phillips thinking? Ellie Quinlan Houghtaling, The New Republic, 27 Oct. 2023 It’s shaped like a lipstick, so this women’s electric razor is super discreet for hair removal anywhere, anytime. Claire Rutter, Rolling Stone, 25 Oct. 2023 And because recent electoral margins have been razor thin and are likely to remain thin, the party in power needs to be almost perfectly unified. Lee Drutman, TIME, 21 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Razor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/razor. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


ra·​zor ˈrā-zər How to pronounce razor (audio)
: a sharp cutting instrument used to shave off hair

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