barber

[ bahr-ber ]
/ ˈbɑr bər /

noun

a person whose occupation it is to cut and dress the hair of customers, especially men, and to shave or trim the beard.

verb (used with object)

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

Definition for barber (2 of 2)

Barber

[ bahr-ber ]
/ ˈbɑr bər /

noun

Samuel,1910–81, U.S. composer.
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British Dictionary definitions for barber (1 of 2)

barber

/ (ˈbɑːbə) /

noun

a person whose business is cutting men's hair and shaving or trimming beards

verb (tr)

to cut the hair of
to shave or trim the beard of

Word Origin for barber

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

British Dictionary definitions for barber (2 of 2)

Barber

/ (ˈbɑːbə) /

noun

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

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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