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verb (used with object)
  1. to trim or dress the hair or beard of.

Origin of barber

1275–1325; Middle English barbour < Anglo-French; Old French barbeor, equivalent to barb(e) (< Latin barba beard) + -eor < Latin -ātōr- -ator
Related formsun·bar·bered, adjectivewell-bar·bered, adjective


  1. Samuel,1910–81, U.S. composer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  1. a person whose business is cutting men's hair and shaving or trimming beards
verb (tr)
  1. to cut the hair of
  2. to shave or trim the beard of

Word Origin for barber

C13: from Old French barbeor, from barbe beard, from Latin barba


  1. Samuel . 1910–81, US composer: his works include an Adagio for Strings, adapted from the second movement of his string quartet No. 1 (1936) and the opera Vanessa (1958)
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Word Origin and History for barber

c.1300, from Anglo-French barbour (attested as a surname from early 13c.), from Old French barbeor, barbieor (Modern French barbier, which has a more restricted sense than the English word), from Vulgar Latin *barbatorem, from Latin barba "beard" (see barb (n.)). Originally also regular practitioners of surgery, they were restricted to haircutting and dentistry under Henry VIII.

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