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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The silver hair, pulled back in a barrette from her heart-shaped face, seems to match, too.
▪ We wore pixies held fast by little plastic rabbit barrettes.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"bar clip for women's hair," 1901, from French barrette, diminutive of barre "bar" (see bar (n.1)).


n. A clasp or clip for gathering and holding the hair. vb. (context lang=en of hair) To put into a #Noun.


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


A barrette ( American English), also known as a hair clip, hair-slide or clasp ( British English), is a clasp for holding hair in place. They are often made from metal and/or plastic and sometimes feature decorative fabric. In one type of barrette, a clasp is used to secure the barrette in place; the clasp opens when the two metal pieces at either side are pressed together.

Barrettes are worn in different ways partly according to their size, with small ones often used at the front and large ones in the back to hold more hair. They are used to keep hair out of the eyes, or to secure a bun, a French twist or a ponytail. Short metal "clip" barrettes are sometimes used to pull back front pieces of hair. Barrettes are also sometimes used purely for decorative purposes.

Larger barrettes (some can be as long as ) are designed to pull back (and, often, up) longer hair or a large amount of hair and are usually worn at the back of the head. If the intent is to pull hair back, the length of the barrette is not the only consideration; the width of the barrette also indicates approximately how much hair can be secured by it.

Many different kinds of hair clips have been invented in the 20th century. The more famous ones are the elongated hair clip (seen at the top of the "Various types of hair slides" image) which was invented in 1972 by Marnie Bjornson (cf. "Marnie Scrunch", below) and the simple "clips" hair-clip, which works by snapping the clip from a concave to convex position, springing it into a locked position, or opening it. Several of these are seen in the image.

Barrette (song)

is the 7th single by Nogizaka46. It was released on November 27, 2013. It debuted in number one on the weekly Oricon Singles Chart. It was the 14th best-selling single of the year in Japan. It has sold a total of 515,965 copies, as of July 28, 2014 (chart date). It reached number one on the Billboard Japan Hot 100. A song from the single, , was the second opening theme of season 15 of the Naruto: Shippuden anime television series.

Usage examples of "barrette".

T-shirts and jeans, carrying empty backpacks and riding on roller skates, perfectly acquainted with every inch of the terrain, had come precision whirring and ticking into the giant Plaza just before closing time and departed only moments later with the packs stuffed full of eyeshadows, mascaras, lipsticks, earrings, barrettes, bracelets, pantyhose, and fashion shades, all of which they had turned immediately for cash from an older person named Otis, with a panel truck headed for a swap meet far away.

Ear-rings, and a meticulous, micrometrically precise coiffure held in place by at least a dozen glittering buckles, combs and barrettes.

Ella's hair was clipped into sprouts with barrettes, fountains of sunlight.

Her fair hair always escaped the barrettes and scrunchies intended to contain it.

Arnold showed me into the living room, where an assembly line had been set up on the floor - fifteen paper bags with clown faces on them, fifteen packages of neat-looking barrettes (apparently, all the guests were going to be girls), fifteen sets of Magic Markers, fifteen tiny clip-on koala bears, fifteen candy bars, and fifteen beaded necklaces.

The three of us wandered around the store for at least fifteen minutes, calling out things like, "Ooh, look at this unicorn pin," or "Hey, cool, these barrettes are sparkly!

Marilyn bought the knee socks with the hearts on them ("I'm tired of tights," she explained) and a pair of pink barrettes.

Then she pinned her hair on both sides of her head with matching ribbon barrettes.

A woman walked by wearing a pale peach tent shirt in a faux paisley pattern, brown gauze pants, and ribbon barrettes pulling her hair from her face.

Steffie's ribbon barrettes were long gone, and her tent shirt was wrinkled beyond recognition.

Her ribbon barrettes did not match, nor did she have on the right boots.

Doony Glynn has the faint remains of a black dotted line tattooed all the way around his neck at about Adam's-apple height, with instruction-manual-like directions for the removal of his head and maintenance of the disengaged head tattooed on his scalp, from the days of his Skinhead youth, which now the tattooed directions take patience and a comb and three of April Cortelyu's barrettes for Tiny even to see.

She told me that she loved the barrettes, and that she planned to wear them to school the next day.

Brilliant matching earrings and tiny barrettes wreathed her pretty, plump face in twinkles.

Marla waved at friends, pointed to her new necklace, earrings, and barrettes, and then nipped back toward me.