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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. a pin for holding women's hair in place


French, diminutive of barre, bar, from Old French; see bar1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French barrette, from barre ("bar") +‎ -ette, literally “small bar”. (Wiktionary)



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