Barbershop



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.
Contemporary Examples

Jimmy Fallon and Kevin Spacey’s barbershop quartet cover of Jason Derulo’s ‘Talk Dirty?’
Viral Video of the Day: ‘Talk Dirty’ Gets a Supercover Alex Chancey, Ben Teitelbaum May 5, 2014

I sidle up to sisters Lane and Samantha Mowbray, who work in a barbershop, to ask what they are hoping to see.
New Moon Rises Over Hollywood Kim Masters November 16, 2009

The rapper doesn’t disappoint in this feel good comedy, which chronicles a day in the life of a South Side Chicago barbershop.
9 New Movies to Stream on Netflix This June The Daily Beast June 8, 2014

(Netflix, June 23) barbershop (2002) Nothing feels better on a hot summer day than Ice Cube.
9 New Movies to Stream on Netflix This June The Daily Beast June 8, 2014

And I picked up sarcasm by watching the older cats at the barbershop.
Big Daddy Kane: The Hip-Hop MC on Las Supper, Madonna, Jay-Z, and What’s Next Curtis Stephen April 15, 2013

Historical Examples

Rick saw a truck come into sight and slow as it neared the barbershop.
The Electronic Mind Reader John Blaine

A colored man, called Banks, had a barbershop that stood up on blocks.
Old Rail Fence Corners Various

He realized that getting bills changed at the barbershop was over.
Jerry’s Charge Account Hazel Hutchins Wilson

At the close of this parade we dropped into a barbershop for a shave.
Questionable Amusements and Worthy Substitutes J. M. Judy

It was a lucky thing he had come out of the barbershop before Red had run off with it.
Jerry’s Charge Account Hazel Hutchins Wilson

noun
(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

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