Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small clasp for holding the hair in place.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The crossbar in the hilt of old rapiers over which the forefinger was placed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A clasp or clip for gathering and holding the hair.

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

  • noun a pin for holding women's hair in place

Etymologies

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

[French, diminutive of barre, bar, from Old French; see bar.]

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From French barrette, from barre ("bar") +‎ -ette, literally “small bar”.

Examples

  • A modern look could also mean creating a sexy low side ponytail held together with a sparkly barrette.

    My Fair Wedding

  • She puts her hands up to the side of her head, her fingers across her silver barrette.

    Supernova

  • No matter the technique, a barrette leaves a light-hearted, youthful impression.

    Barrettes: Dowdy No More

  • P.S. Would you look for my silver barrette and mail it to me?

    Dark Secrets 2: No Time to Die the Deep End of Fear

  • P.S. Would you look for my silver barrette and mail it to me?

    Dark Secrets 2: No Time to Die the Deep End of Fear

  • Thanks to numerous and adorable spring runway moments, the fashion backward barrette has become the unexpected toast of the beauty season.

    Barrettes: Dowdy No More

  • A modern look could also mean creating a sexy low side ponytail held together with a sparkly barrette.

    My Fair Wedding

  • A modern look could also mean creating a sexy low side ponytail held together with a sparkly barrette.

    My Fair Wedding

  • While Ms. Gilbert conceded that the effect creates "an innocent look, almost like a little girl's hair," she also pointed out that "a barrette like those made by Rodarte is more like jewelry, a piece of art that you can wear — it's more sophisticated," which is all the encouragement we grown women need to attempt this at home.

    Barrettes: Dowdy No More

  • A modern look could also mean creating a sexy low side ponytail held together with a sparkly barrette.

    My Fair Wedding

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