Definitions

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

  • noun A mesh for holding the hair in place.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

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

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

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

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

hair +‎ net

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

    Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: Time Thief

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