Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mesh for holding the hair in place.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A net designed to keep hair up and out of the way. (used, e.g., while cooking)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a small net that some women wear over their hair to keep it in place.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A net worn by women to confine the hair. Compare caul, 1 , crespine.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a small net that some women wear over their hair to keep it in place

Etymologies

hair +‎ net (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Please tell me that his hairnet is going to expand every week until it's a mosquito net.

    Mehovers

  • Well if NYC cyclist keep an eye out, you can't hide phylactery under a long sleeve jersey, well maybe he wears a old 'hairnet' helmet to pass.

    The Indignity of Commuting by Bicycle: Bike Month Round-Up

  • The pathologist's assistant followed close behind her, with a trolley bearing all the paraphernalia of post-mortem revival: a tray of disposable surgical instruments; several racks of electronic equipment; an arterial pump fed from three glass tanks the size of water-coolers; and something resembling a hairnet made out of grey superconducting wire.

    Free Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror: Distress 1 - Greg Egan

  • Elsewhere, Xenia, in a hairnet and curlers, asks sweetly — via a production rep — if she can cut the very long bathroom line before the live show.

    The Voice: 8 Things You Didn't See on TV

  • Violations can be as seemingly harmless as one employee who forgoes wearing a hairnet to far more serious issues.

    City Gives Le Cirque And Gramercy Tavern 'C' Grades

  • She hardly recognized the lunch lady without her blue hairnet!

    Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: Time Thief

  • An older lady, one of the servers, walked into the cafeteria dressed in a white apron, hairnet, and black-framed bifocals, carrying a portable radio.

    Show Stoppah

  • An elderly woman wearing a hairnet, apron, and a nametag with DORIS engraved on it in big black letters worked behind the cafeteria counter.

    Show Stoppah

  • I remember that a young Hispanic or Puerto Rican man wearing what looked to be a type of tight black hairnet was interviewed while holding my father's right shoe, a tasseled Florsheim loafer, of which the toe portion and welt were so abraded by the platform's cement that the sole's front portion had detached and was hanging loose, and that the man could not recall how he'd come to be holding it.

    The Pale King

  • Being that Mr. Torres has won numerous awards, including being named the James Beard Foundation Pastry Chef of the Year, and hosted a Food Network show—and since I hadn't and didn't—I realized I had to be flexible when I donned my hairnet and chef's jacket.

    Seeking Layers of Heaven

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