- a person whose occupation it is to cut and dress the hair of customers, especially men, and to shave or trim the beard.
- frost smoke.
- to trim or dress the hair or beard of.
Origin of barber
- Samuel,1910–81, U.S. composer.
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Contemporary Examples of barber
Business owners swept up glass in front of their barber shop.Raging Protesters Set Ferguson on Fire
November 25, 2014
That is why Malloy is campaigning on a lonely stretch of barber shops and boxing gyms in New Haven a week before the election.Dan Malloy Is Progressives’ Dream Governor. So Why Isn’t He Winning?
October 30, 2014
“If you say a bad word about someone here, it gets around fast,” said Jack West, the barber.Nunn-Perdue: The Devil Went Down to Perry, Georgia
October 10, 2014
He looked, that dreadful afternoon, as if he had just come from his barber, tailor and haberdasher.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire
October 4, 2014
Admirable stuff, but also on his agenda could be just a fleeting visit to a barber.Leo, the Beard Has to Go: When a Man’s Facial Hair Reaches Crisis Point
September 22, 2014
Historical Examples of barber
Barber and Stillwell and Colpetzer and their associates did not die in vain.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
I shall not go to bed till night; but I want a bedroom, and a barber.A Tale of Two Cities
Grasping the situation I replied that I did not like my barber.City of Endless Night
He was the son of a barber at Laval, in Maine, where he was born in 1509.Self-Help
It is so called from a fancied resemblance to a wig on a barber's block.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise
M. E. Hard
- a person whose business is cutting men's hair and shaving or trimming beards
- to cut the hair of
- to shave or trim the beard of
Word Origin for barber
- 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)
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.