barber pole

or barber's pole


noun

a pole with red and white spiral stripes symbolizing the barber's former sideline of surgery.

Nearby words

  1. barbeque,
  2. barber,
  3. barber chair,
  4. barber college,
  5. barber of seville, the,
  6. barber's itch,
  7. barber's pole,
  8. barber, samuel,
  9. barber-shop,
  10. barber-surgeon

Origin of barber pole

First recorded in 1675–85

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British Dictionary definitions for barber's pole

barber's pole

noun

a sign outside a barber's shop consisting of a pole painted with red and white spiral stripes
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