barbershop

[ bahr-ber-shop ]
/ ˈbɑr bərˌʃɒp /
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noun

Also called, especially British, barber's shop. the place of business of a barber.
the singing of four-part harmony in barbershop style or the music sung in this style.

adjective

specializing in the unaccompanied part-singing of popular songs in which four voices move in close, highly chromatic harmony: a barbershop quartet.
characteristic of such part-singing.

Origin of barbershop

First recorded in 1570–80; barber + shop
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British Dictionary definitions for barber-shop

barbershop

/ (ˈbɑːbəˌʃɒp) /

noun

mainly US the premises of a barber
(modifier) denoting or characterized by a type of close four-part harmony for male voices, popular in romantic and sentimental songs of the 1920s and 1930sa barbershop quartet
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Word Origin and History for barber-shop

barber-shop


n.

1570s, from barber + shop (n.). Earlier in same sense was barbery (c.1500). Barber-shop in reference to close harmony male vocal quartets, it is attested from 1910; the custom of barber's keeping a musical instrument in their shops so waiting customers could entertain themselves is an old one, but the musical product had a low reputation and barber's music (c.1660) was "wretched, poorly performed music."

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