a person whose occupation it is to cut and dress the hair of customers, especially men, and to shave or trim the beard.
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verb (used with object)
to trim or dress the hair or beard of.

1275–1325; Middle English barbour < Anglo-French; Old French barbeor, equivalent to barb(e) (< Latin barba beard) + -eor < Latin -ātōr- -ator

unbarbered, adjective
well-barbered, adjective Unabridged


Samuel, 1910–81, U.S. composer. Unabridged
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barber (ˈbɑːbə)
1.  a person whose business is cutting men's hair and shaving or trimming beards
2.  to cut the hair of
3.  to shave or trim the beard of
[C13: from Old French barbeor, from barbe beard, from Latin barba]

Barber (ˈbɑːbə)
Samuel. 1910--81, US composer: his works include an Adagio for Strings, adapted from the second movement of his string quartet No. 1 (1936) and the opera Vanessa (1958)

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from Anglo-Fr. barbour (attested as a surname from 1221), from O.Fr. barbeor, barbieor (Mod.Fr. barbier, which has a more restricted sense than the English word), from V.L. *barbatorem, from L. barba "beard." Originally also regular practitioners of surgery and dentistry, they were restricted
to haircutting and dentistry under Henry VIII. Barber-shop is from 1570s; in reference to close harmony male vocal quartets, it is attested from 1910.
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Bible Dictionary

Barber definition

Found only once, in Ezek. 5:1, where reference is made to the Jewish custom of shaving the head as a sign of mourning. The Nazarites were untouched by the razor from their birth (Num. 6:5). Comp. Judg. 16:19.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Britannica


a person whose primary activities in the 20th century are trimming and styling the hair of men, shaving them, and shaping their beards, sideburns, and moustaches. Barbers, or hairdressers, often provide shampooing, manicuring, hair dying, permanent waves, and shoe polishing within their shops, or salons. See also hairdressing.

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