from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small clasp for holding the hair in place.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A clasp or clip for gathering and holding the hair.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The crossbar in the hilt of old rapiers over which the forefinger was placed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a pin for holding women's hair in place
French, diminutive of barre, bar, from Old French; see bar1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French barrette, from barre ("bar") + -ette, literally “small bar”. (Wiktionary)