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  1. Also called, especially British, barber's shop. the place of business of a barber.
  2. the singing of four-part harmony in barbershop style or the music sung in this style.
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  1. specializing in the unaccompanied part-singing of popular songs in which four voices move in close, highly chromatic harmony: a barbershop quartet.
  2. characteristic of such part-singing.
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Origin of barbershop

First recorded in 1570–80; barber + shop
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  1. mainly US the premises of a barber
  2. (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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