Also called, especially British, barber’s shop. the place of business of a barber.
the singing of four-part harmony in barbershop style or the music sung in this style.
specializing in the unaccompanied part-singing of popular songs in which four voices move in close, highly chromatic harmony:
a barbershop quartet.
characteristic of such part-singing.
From this he had risen one step and become porter and messenger in a barber-shop.
The heart of happy hollow Paul Laurence Dunbar
“And then to a barber-shop with him,” went on Mrs. Effie, who had paid no heed to his outburst.
Ruggles of Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
They were standing at a front window, watching Matthews cross the parade-ground to the barber-shop.
The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
Right abreast the post-office; Henry Cahoon has been usin’ it for a barber-shop.
Thankful’s Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
Flynn was intensely proud and fond of the establishment, and was insulted if it was alluded to as a barber-shop.
The Debtor Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
I saw a barber-shop with chairs, niches for the soap and mugs, and the waiting sofa.
Reminiscences Hans Mattson
They had moved along the street until they reached a barber-shop, from which proceeded the sound of a violin.
The World For Sale, Complete Gilbert Parker
He resolved to be on the lookout that day for a barber-shop set.
Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
A little way they walked in silence, the light of the barber-shop falling across the road ahead of them.
The Duke Of Chimney Butte G. W. Ogden
You’ll find a barber-shop and a bootblack around the corner.
Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6) John McElroy
(mainly US) the premises of a barber
(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
1570s, from barber + shop (n.). Earlier in same sense was barbery (c.1500). Barber-shop in reference to close harmony male vocal quartets, it is attested from 1910; the custom of barber’s keeping a musical instrument in their shops so waiting customers could entertain themselves is an old one, but the musical product had a low reputation and barber’s music (c.1660) was “wretched, poorly performed music.”
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an alloy of about 88 percent copper, 5 percent nickel, 5 percent tin, and 2 percent silicon, resistant to sea water and sulfuric acid.
- Barbershop singing
barbershop singing A style of singing in parts for small groups, usually four singers of the same sex (“barbershop quartets”). The notes sung by the voices are usually close to each other in pitch, resulting in “tight” chords, or “close” harmony. Note: Barbershop singing flourished in the early twentieth century in the United States, and […]
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