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barber

[bahr-ber]
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noun
  1. a person whose occupation it is to cut and dress the hair of customers, especially men, and to shave or trim the beard.
  2. frost smoke.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to trim or dress the hair or beard of.
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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

Barber

[bahr-ber]
noun
  1. Samuel,1910–81, U.S. composer.
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barber

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

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

Barber

noun
  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

n.

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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