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[bahr-ber-sur-juh n]
  1. (formerly) a barber practicing surgery and dentistry.
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Origin of barber-surgeon

First recorded in 1675–85
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • But enough for the present of the barber-surgeon and his pole.

    A Book about Doctors

    John Cordy Jeaffreson

  • She said we were not descended from the barber-surgeon, and laughed at the Battle of Bosworth.

    The Newcomes

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • "At your service," replied the barber-surgeon, bowing profoundly.

    The Queen Pedauque

    Anatole France

  • At ten years a fatherless Boy poorly educated, he is apprenticed to a barber-surgeon.

  • His father was a barber-surgeon, who disapproved of music, and wished George Frederick to become a lawyer.