- a clasp for holding a woman's or girl's hair in place.
Origin of barrette
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Examples from the Web for barrette
He had on tan pants and a white T-shirt, had a goatee, and his overgrown hair was held back to one side with a barrette.The Stacks: The Day ‘The Big Lebowski’ Came to Life
July 26, 2014
The King was so indignant that he was very near refusing him the barrette.The Secret Memoirs of Louis XV./XVI, Complete
Madame du Hausset, an "Unknown English Girl" and the Princess Lamballe
- a clasp or pin for holding women's hair in place
C20: from French: a little bar, from barre bar 1
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Word Origin and History for barrette
"bar clip for women's hair," 1901, from French barrette, diminutive of barre "bar" (see bar (n.1)).
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