• The barber shop quartette on the trip home
    The barber shop quartette on the trip home
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v barber perform the services of a barber: cut the hair and/or beard of
    • n barber a hairdresser who cuts hair and shaves beards as a trade
    • n Barber United States composer (1910-1981)
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Barber and mason Barber and mason

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Americans spend more than $5 billion a year on cosmetics, toiletries, beauty parlors and barber shops.
    • n Barber (Meteor) A storm accompanied by driving ice spicules formed from sea water, esp. one occurring on the Gulf of St. Lawrence; -- so named from the cutting ice spicules.
    • n Barber bär"bẽr One whose occupation it is to shave or trim the beard, and to cut and dress the hair of his patrons.☞ Formerly the barber practiced some offices of surgery, such as letting blood and pulling teeth. Hence such terms as barber surgeonold form barber chirurgeon), barber surgery, etc.
    • v. t Barber To shave and dress the beard or hair of.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Barbers are forbidden by law from shaving a man's chest in Omaha, Nebraska.
    • n barber One whose occupation is to shave the beard and cut and dress the hair.
    • n barber Same as surgeon-fish.
    • barber To shave and dress the hair of.
    • n barber A fish, Cæsioperca rasor, of the family Serranidæ. Also called red perch.
    • n barber A gale of wind with damp snow or sleet and spray that freezes upon every object, especially the beard and hair. Said to be called berber by wharfmen in New York.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Charlie Brown's dad was a barber.
    • n Barber bärb′ėr one who shaves beards and dresses hair
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  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “No barber shaves so close but another finds his work.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. barbour, OF. barbeor, F. barbier, as if fr. an assumed L. barbator, fr. barba, beard. See 1st Barb
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. barba, a beard.


In literature:

About once in so often a man must go to the barber for what, with contemptuous brevity, is called a haircut.
"The Perfect Gentleman" by Ralph Bergengren
Barbers always seem to be sociable chaps.
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett
But after a while the lawyer got done, and so did the barber, and they both went away; and the old man turns to me.
"The Man Next Door" by Emerson Hough
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
Almost at the end of the next block there was a barber-pole with its stripes running round.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
McMeekin, backed by the nurse, insisted on my sending for a barber to shave me.
"Lalage's Lovers" by George A. Birmingham
The barber, noticing his tremulousness, held the mirror for him.
"Romola" by George Eliot
Major Barber and the soldiers are getting ready to march.
"The Northern Iron" by George A. Birmingham
In these cases, after the barber had been consulted, the books escaped the doom of the rest.
"The Red Romance Book" by Various
Now Abul is curious as all barbers are, and having heard Nurredin's sighs, he determines to find out all about the young man's love.
"The Standard Operaglass" by Charles Annesley

In poetry:

Sweeney Todd, the Barber
Ba Goom, he were better than a play;
Sweeney Todd, the Barber
They buried him underneath the clay.
"Sweeney Todd, The Barber" by Weston and Lee
Barber got up on Sunday morning to prepare breakfast for his family,
And a most appalling sight he then did see;
For he found the room was full of smoke,
So dense, indeed, that it nearly did him choke.
"Calamity in London" by William Topaz McGonagall
Who could be more indulg'd by fate?
The counsellor unlock'd the gate!
"Your servant, Sir," the barber cries,
"Something for your inspection lies
In here."--A smile upon his face,
And finger pointing to the place.
"The Wig" by William Hutton
"A quart I'll give you," Bakewell cries,
"Merely to see the creature's eyes."
The scissors find employment full,
To rob the honors of the bull:
And turn those honors into coin,
Which must the barber's pocket line.
"The Wig" by William Hutton
The barber shoulder'd it elate,
And rapp'd hard at the college gate;
As men are wont to rap, who rather
Design to give than ask a favour;
Or one most conscious that he shou'd win,
Could he set eyes on Mr. Goodwin.
"The Wig" by William Hutton
But this expression, we contend,
The barber might not comprehend;
For where's the fox who will not stay
Who finds a chicken in his way?
And sure that man is void of thought,
Who gives up wine which costs him nought.
"The Wig" by William Hutton

In news:

Deb's Barber Shop a Westfield mainstay .
Chef Dan Barber Served at: Blue Hill.
At Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York, chef Dan Barber prepares this soup with seasonal chicken (raised in late spring, summer and fall), using wings, backs, necks and feet.
Barber, Gary and Stoneway Farm LLC.
Phillips said running back Marion Barber appears to have benefited from dropping a few pounds in the offseason.
He was a retired barber and a US Army veteran.
Collin Barber ready to show a little more leg.
Moline barber a cut above the rest.
79-year-old Montezuma 'barber' keeps on dancing and singing for the big show.
Scottsboro Boys', 'Barber Of Seville' And Mark Morris Dance Group.
About 20 Clark County Sheriff's deputies gathered to get their moustaches sheared for charity at Bernie and Rollie's Barber Shop in 2010 for the American Cancer Society.
Stephen Sondheim claims that his Tony Award-winning Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street isn't about cannibalism.
Wonder if Mel Allen and Red Barber would engage in such hijinx if Twitter was around in their day.
Kell is an excellent blocker and special teams player (and unofficial team barber), and he even had a 14-yard kickoff return to his credit going into Saturday's game.
Michael Kirby/Auburn JournalCamper Long 4, and his father Jason Long jumped in to help with the mural being painted on the wall of Rico?s Barber Shop on High Street Saturday morning.

In science:

Barber, Finite-size Scaling, Phase Transition and Critical Phenomena, ed. C.
Dynamical temperature study for classical planar spin systems
This approximation has been estimated in Barber (2002): it is negligible for sources at redshift less than z ≃ 1 and for scales larger than 5′ , while at smaller scale, a few percents effects could be detected.
Gravitational Lensing by Large Scale Structures: A Review
In general, systems with open boundary conditions are expected to have a surface contribution in the grand potential of order O(1/Lc ) (Fisher and Barber, 1972).
Quantum Cluster Theories
BT2 (Barber et al 2005) is a variational line list, computed at University College London using the DVR3D suite of programs that calculates the rotation-vibration spectra of triatomic molecules (Tennyson et al., 2004).
Near-Infrared water lines in V838 Monocerotis
Barber wishes to thank the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council for its financial support.
Near-Infrared water lines in V838 Monocerotis