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[hair-dres-er] /ˈhɛərˌdrɛs ər/
a person who arranges or cuts hair.
Chiefly British, barber.
Origin of hairdresser
1760-70; hair + dresser1 Unabridged
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  • Unfortunately, instead of making my hair straight, the hairdresser decided to express herself through my natural curls.
  • Even her hairdresser and her executioner published ghostwritten recollections.
  • There is no need to have a hairdresser for your head.
  • We aren't dealing with the concrete product of a doctor or a hairdresser.
  • The results suggested three career paths: architect, archaeologist, or hairdresser.
  • One day, a hairdresser approached him, looking for an improvement over the unreliable dyes then in use.
  • Her single visitor in the last week of her life was her former hairdresser.
  • But the adoption didn't take, and she gave the dog to her hairdresser.
  • The spa and fitness center area also has a small hairdresser room.
  • The hairdresser in the background is discussing literature with her client.
British Dictionary definitions for hairdresser


a person whose business is cutting, curling, colouring and arranging hair, esp that of women
a hairdresser's establishment related adjective tonsorial
Derived Forms
hairdressing, noun
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Word Origin and History for hairdresser

1770, from hair + dresser. Related: Hairdressing (1771).

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