Definition of barnet in English:



  • A person's hair.

    • ‘Lead singer Adam Duritz's Medusa-like dreadlocks give him one of the most recognisable barnets in the music business.’
    • ‘Free Kick and free love specialist, David Beckham has come out with a new hair cut to add to his long list of changing barnets.’
    • ‘It was an American era of big moustaches, buffed-up barnets, industrial-strength sideburns and intimidating, tightly permed chest hair.’
    • ‘Hart belts out the Sinatra standards, but while his vocal impersonation is impressive, his barnet is so distressing it often looks like there's a second microphone on screen.’
    • ‘Scientists are predicting the demise of the ginger barnet, for so long a characteristic of Scots from Rob Roy to Robin Cook, because of racial mixing.’
    • ‘Then in 2000, his barnet made an astonishing comeback, displaying a glossy dark sheen probably not seen since his days in university.’
    • ‘They had sought him out to discover whether having a long barnet and beard makes a stand-up more or less comic.’
    • ‘He laughs off the distinctive barnet, ‘I used to have dreadlocks, but I shaved them off.’’
    • ‘Your barnet was pomaded and with the flick of a comb, your parting stayed in place - even if it did give your scalp a covering which would have stopped bullets in the trenches.’
    • ‘This year's theme of Comic Relief is The Big Hair Do with people encouraged to give their barnet a wacky makeover.’
    • ‘Or was I the only one dying to see what Den's mistress Kate did with her barnet after Chrissie, the woman scorned, hacked off her hair.’
    • ‘And it was here that both Suzanne and I walked past each other, not recognising each other with our new barnets (perhaps my parents were right about hair changes being akin to plastic surgery).’
    • ‘Yet before he took to designing barnets he wanted to design buildings.’
    • ‘Second, you are just a confused pregnant lady who thinks a change will make her feel better - it won't, it will lead to tears and a disastrous barnet.’
    • ‘I do wear nice clothes (I hope) and get through gallons of the Body Shop glossing shampoo to make the barnet better.’
    • ‘Batwings, schoolgirl ties, frizzy hair, layered lipgloss, bleached barnets and ruffled skirts are just a few of the 80s disco elements which cropped up on this season's catwalks.’
    • ‘He had special scissors that ‘thin’ the barnet by cutting some hairs but not others.’
    • ‘A couple of us in the Labour benches are thinking of putting down a motion condemning ministers with bad barnets.’
    • ‘The hair was forced into a frazzled haystack, with a little thatch combed over until your barnet billowed in frozen masses around your face.’
    • ‘An embarrassed Keith, 35, had to take a day off work yesterday to get the blue barnet shaved off at his local barbers near his home in Wigan and had to wear a hat to avoid any further blushes.’
    head of hair, shock of hair, mop of hair, mane
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Mid 19th century: from rhyming slang barnet fair, the name of a famous horse fair held at Barnet, Herts.