a clasp for holding a woman's or girl's hair in place.

Origin of barrette

From French, dating back to 1900–05; see origin at bar1, -ette
Can be confusedbarrette beret Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for barrette

clasp, fastener, pin

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British Dictionary definitions for barrette



a clasp or pin for holding women's hair in place

Word Origin for barrette

C20: from French: a little bar, from barre bar 1
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Word Origin and History for barrette

"bar clip for women's hair," 1901, from French barrette, diminutive of barre "bar" (see bar (n.1)).

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