barber-shop

barbershop

[bahr-ber-shop]
noun
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.
adjective
3.
specializing in the unaccompanied part-singing of popular songs in which four voices move in close, highly chromatic harmony: a barbershop quartet.
4.
characteristic of such part-singing.

Origin:
1570–80; barber + shop

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barbershop (ˈbɑːbəˌʃɒp)
 
n
1.  chiefly (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 1930s: a barbershop quartet

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