One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A typically bar-shaped clip or ornament for the hair.
- ‘She threw her hair up in barrette and walked on down stairs.’
- ‘I clipped one side of my hair back with two barrettes and put on some light make-up.’
- ‘She is wearing blue eye liner and blue eye shadow and blue lip gloss and she has her hair tied up high with a blue hairband and two blue barrettes holding her hair in place.’
- ‘Crystal-studded clips, barrettes and pins are a quick way to dress up hair.’
- ‘The woman's hair flowed behind down to her waist where barrettes were clipped onto her coffee brown hair.’
- ‘Some clip-on hair extensions are small sections of hair attached to metal clips, much like barrettes.’
- ‘She had taken a rhinestone studded barrette to clip one side of her hair away from her face.’
- ‘Holding her box of barrettes, clips, and brushes up, Lucy nodded proudly.’
- ‘She reached up to remove the barrettes that held her hair from her face and let it fall as a protective shield around her upper body.’
- ‘The clothes, the shoes, even the barrettes in her hair - in every detail she was being presented as a ‘little girl,’ which is how her lawyers described her to the jury.’
- ‘She now wore two diamond barrettes in her hair, a plain diamond necklace, and a diamond ring.’
- ‘She'd pinned her blonde hair back with two barrettes.’
- ‘‘Uh, earth to Jem,’ she says, removing the barrette and clipping her hair in place.’
- ‘She had put serpent-shaped silver barrettes in her hair, and she played with fearful but clear conviction.’
- ‘I stared back at my reflection as he busied himself, attaching butterfly barrettes on my hair silently.’
- ‘She had strange, light-brown eyes, long black hair with huge dragonfly barrette accompanying it.’
- ‘He slowly took out the barrette in Chloe's hair.’
- ‘She had put barrettes in her hair and wore a uniform skirt so everyone could tell her gender.’
- ‘She took the barrette out of her hair, allowing her black and blonde hair to move more freely, instead of being molded into a tight bun.’
- ‘She will clip her long, unruly hair with a tarnished barrette and see her off to school.’
Early 20th century: from French, diminutive of barre ‘bar’.
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