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[hair-kuht] /ˈhɛərˌkʌt/
an act or instance of cutting the hair.
the style in which the hair is cut and worn, especially men's hair.
Origin of haircut
1895-1900; hair + cut
Related forms
haircutter, noun
haircutting, noun, adjective Unabridged
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  • Somebody almost up to professional standards had given him a haircut; the beard was gone, too.

    The Cosmic Computer Henry Beam Piper
  • "Thought I gave you a haircut less than a week ago," George greeted him.

    Jerry's Charge Account Hazel Hutchins Wilson
  • Do you recall Lee Oswald ever obtaining a haircut over any weekend while he was at your home?

    Warren Commission (3 of 26): Hearings Vol. III (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • After the serious business of the haircut, a barber must have some relaxation.

    The Perfect Gentleman Ralph Bergengren
  • He needed a haircut: he'd have to get one tomorrow, before the hair grew down over his ears.

    The Romantic Analogue W.W. Skupeldyckle
British Dictionary definitions for haircut


the act or an instance of cutting the hair
the style in which hair has been cut
(stock exchange, slang) a percentage of the value of an asset deducted to account for a possible fall in its value before it can be liquidated
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Word Origin and History for haircut

also hair-cut, 1887, "act of cutting the hair," from hair (n.) + cut (n.). As "style of wearing the hair," by 1890.

The Romans began to cut the hair about A.U.C. 454, when Ticinius Maenas introduced Barbers from Sicily. Then they began to cut, curl, and perfume it. The glass was consulted as now upon rising from the barber's chair. [Rev. Thomas Dudley Fosbroke, "Encyclopædia of Antiquities," London, 1825]
Related: Haircutter; haircutting.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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