Origin of barberMiddle English and Old French barbour; ultimately from Medieval Latin barbator from Classical Latin barba, beard
a person whose work is cutting hair, shaving and trimming beards, etc.
to cut the hair of, shave, etc.
to work as a barber
1910-81; U.S. composer
One whose business is to cut hair, usually of men and boys, and shave or trim beards.
transitive verbbar·bered, bar·ber·ing, bar·bers
- To cut (the hair of someone).
- To shave or trim (the beard of someone).
Origin of barberMiddle English from Old French barbour from Medieval Latin barbātōr from Latin barba beard ; see bhardh-ā- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present barbers, present participle barbering, simple past and past participle barbered)
- It was where the barber shop used to be located.
- Where else did you go besides the barber shop?
- Signs were hung out on all sides to allure him; some to catch him by the appetite, as the tavern and victualling cellar; some by the fancy, as the dry goods store and the jeweller's; and others by the hair or the feet or the skirts, as the barber, the shoemaker, or the tailor.
- Under their direction, to begin with, a barber shaved him and cut his hair.
- JOSEPH BARBER LIGHTFOOT (1828-1889), English theologian and bishop of Durham, was born at Liverpool on the 13th of April 1828.