What does barber mean?

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ˈbɑr bərbar·ber

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Barber, Samuel Barber(noun)

    United States composer (1910-1981)

  2. barber(verb)

    a hairdresser who cuts hair and shaves beards as a trade

  3. barber(verb)

    perform the services of a barber: cut the hair and/or beard of


  1. barber(Noun)

    A person whose profession is cutting (usually male) customers' hair and beards.

    Etymology: From barbour, from barbeor, from barba.

  2. barber(Noun)

    (arch.) A barber surgeon, a foot soldier specializing in treating battlefield injuries

    Etymology: From barbour, from barbeor, from barba.

  3. barber(Verb)

    To cut the hair or beard of (a person).

    Etymology: From barbour, from barbeor, from barba.

  4. barber(Verb)

    to talk

    Etymology: From barbour, from barbeor, from barba.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Barber(noun)

    one whose occupation it is to shave or trim the beard, and to cut and dress the hair of his patrons

  2. Barber(verb)

    to shave and dress the beard or hair of


  1. Barber

    A barber is a person whose occupation is mainly to cut, dress, groom, style and shave males' hair. A barber's place of work is known as a "barber shop" or a "barber's". Barber shops are also places of social interaction and public discourse. In some instances, barbershops are also public forums. They are the locations of open debates, voicing public concerns, and engaging citizens in discussions about contemporary issues. They were also influential in helping shape male identity. In previous times, barbers also performed surgery and dentistry. With the development of safety razors and the decreasing prevalence of beards, in American and Commonwealth cultures, most barbers specialize in cutting men's hair. Many barbers may still deal with facial hair if requested.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Barber

    bärb′ėr, n. one who shaves beards and dresses hair.—ns. Barb′er-mong′er (Shak.), a man decked out by his barber, a fop; Barb′er-sur′geon, one who let blood and drew teeth as well as shaved—the company of Barber-surgeons was incorporated in 1461, but by an act in 1545 barbers were confined to the more humble function.—Barber's block, a round block on which wigs are made; Barber's pole, the barber's sign in England, a pole striped spirally with alternate bands of colours, generally red or black and white, having often a brass basin hung at the end. [Fr.—L. barba, a beard.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    A brilliant conversationalist, who occasionally shaves and cuts hair. Syn. for Phonograph.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. barber

    A rating on the ships' books for one who shaves the people, for which he receives the pay of an ordinary seaman. In meteorology, barber is a singular vapour rising in streams from the sea surface,--owing probably to exhalations being condensed into a visible form, on entering a cold atmosphere. It is well known on the shores of Nova Scotia. Also, the condensed breath in frosty weather on beard or moustaches in Arctic travelling.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Barber

    From the Latin barba, a beard.

How to pronounce barber?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of barber in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of barber in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of barber in a Sentence

  1. Shaun Corbett:

    Back in the day, a barber was a prestigious position in the community. That's where you came to get the information. That's where you came to get counsel. That was the cornerstone of the community, and I think we got away from that.

  2. Cheslie Kryst:

    Three of the last four Miss USAs were women of color -- there was Kara McCullough, there was Deshauna Barber -- and that was important for me to see, people didn't think,' Oh, that's enough( black winners),'.

  3. Felicia Kent:

    Getting individuals out for the first dose has now become a challenge, what we're doing now is working with churches, working with community organizations, also working with local barber shops, grocery stores.

  4. Martha McSally:

    I sincerely thank Congressman Barber for his service over many years to southern Arizona. I'll be seeking his input to continue strong constituent services and help ensure a smooth transition.

  5. Thomas Smith:

    You're asking people to put their life on the line, these people aren't Army Rangers - those people signed up for combat. A barber did not.

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    having a build with little fat or muscle but with long limbs
    • A. occlusive
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    • C. eloquent
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