1. a person whose occupation it is to cut and dress the hair of customers, especially men, and to shave or trim the beard.
  2. frost smoke.

verb (used with object)

  1. to trim or dress the hair or beard of.


  1. Samuel,1910–81, U.S. composer.


  1. a person whose business is cutting men’s hair and shaving or trimming beards

verb (tr)

  1. to cut the hair of
  2. to shave or trim the beard of


  1. 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)

c.1300, from Anglo-French barbour (attested as a surname from early 13c.), from Old French barbeor, barbieor (Modern French barbier, which has a more restricted sense than the English word), from Vulgar Latin *barbatorem, from Latin barba “beard” (see barb (n.)). Originally also regular practitioners of surgery, they were restricted to haircutting and dentistry under Henry VIII.

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