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a person whose occupation it is to cut and dress the hair of customers, especially men, and to shave or trim the beard.
frost smoke (def 1).
to trim or dress the hair or beard of.
Samuel, 1910–81, U.S. composer.
Contemporary Examples

While I firmly believe that, it’s not quite true that I never go to a barber.
Peter Worthington Cut His Own Hair David Frum May 12, 2013

That is why Malloy is campaigning on a lonely stretch of barber shops and boxing gyms in New Haven a week before the election.
Dan Malloy Is Progressives’ Dream Governor. So Why Isn’t He Winning? David Freedlander October 29, 2014

In 2010, barber and his colleagues started working with the Ruffles potato chip marketing team.
The Latest in High-Tech Chips September 17, 2014

The second was on Feb. 19 when a New York judge dismissed all criminal charges against barber.
New York Can’t Kick Its Revenge Porn Habit Emily Shire February 24, 2014

As barber said quite succinctly, “They may go get married, make however much money, and call it quits.”
Bristol’s Ex Slams Levi Shushannah Walshe July 14, 2010

Historical Examples

Shortly after leaving the station they entered a barber’s shop.
At the Sign of the Barber’s Pole William Andrews

“And I don’t wear it ever again,” he declared, looking down at barber.
The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates

Arkwright invented the spinning machines, while a barber’s apprentice.
The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, No. 365 Various

barber closed the hall door at his back—gently, so as not to waken his father.
The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates

He went out of the shop without having his hair cut, with several more men—and that was all the barber knew.
Johnny Ludlow. First Series Mrs. Henry Wood

a person whose business is cutting men’s hair and shaving or trimming beards
verb (transitive)
to cut the hair of
to shave or trim the beard of
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.

Found only once, in Ezek. 5:1, where reference is made to the Jewish custom of shaving the head as a sign of mourning. The Nazarites were untouched by the razor from their birth (Num. 6:5). Comp. Judg. 16:19.


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