Definition of haircut in US English:



  • 1The style in which a person's hair is cut.

    • ‘And get a tan, a cool haircut and some fashionable clothes.’
    • ‘New hairstyles and haircuts are great ways to change your look, especially if you feel like you are due for some sort of change and are tired of your mundane, routine look.’
    • ‘They successfully combined cutting edge fashion with a haircut that suits you personally.’
    • ‘But I'd add a few particulars: first, look for people whose haircuts you like, but who also have your hair type.’
    • ‘Look after your hair - have a haircut every six weeks or so.’
    • ‘I would never turn down a request for help determining what styles or haircuts would look good on someone.’
    • ‘Each period has a look, difficult to define but instantly recognisable; partly a matter of haircuts and style, partly the type of face considered handsome.’
    • ‘And during videos, other flight attendants would provide haircuts, styling and shoe-shining at your seat.’
    • ‘Their faces, their athletic style, even their haircuts are as familiar as their names.’
    • ‘We've arrived at a day and age when it's the person who wears the haircut and style, rather than the other way around.’
    • ‘He was white, around 5ft 9in, stocky and muscular, with a crew-cut style haircut and he looked scruffy.’
    • ‘Less is more when it comes to style and color, and with the right haircut, your hair can become low on maintenance and high on style.’
    • ‘His haircut is short and extremely sophisticated.’
    • ‘You've finally found the right haircut but still can't quite achieve the style you're looking for.’
    • ‘A few strands of black hair hung in the man's eyes; his haircut looked like a crew cut not taken care of.’
    • ‘You should also get a haircut regularly as it will make your hair easier to style, and keep it looking neat most of the time.’
    • ‘Get a fresh haircut, trim your fingernails, and shine your shoes if needed.’
    • ‘A bevy of beauties from Bangalore promenaded all over the saloon, sporting some of the trends in haircuts and some wacky coiffures.’
    • ‘Facials, manicures, body massage, electrolysis, not to mention haircuts, highlights and perms are all on offer at a fraction of the price you'd pay at a high street salon.’
    • ‘There used to be a lot of bad haircuts, now men are going into ladies salons and having their hair styled more.’
    hairstyle, cut, style, coiffure
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    1. 1.1 An act of cutting a person's hair.
      • ‘There's also a salon for haircuts, pedicures, manicures and makeup lessons.’
      • ‘Yesterday as I drove to the beauty salon for my haircut.’
      • ‘I've decided to take a risk and try a highly-raved about salon for my haircut instead of my usual haunt.’
      • ‘Until the 1970s only a few men went to a salon for a haircut and styling.’
      • ‘Sammie grabbed my arm and yanked me into a salon where she forced me into a haircut.’
  • 2informal A reduction in the stated value of an asset.

    ‘the banks would probably be willing to take a haircut on the rest’
    • ‘Bank lenders and export credit agencies were asked to weigh up two options of their own a long-term rescheduling with no haircut or a shorter-term extension with a haircut.’
    • ‘Daewoo's bankers and other creditors took a $49 billion haircut.’
    • ‘Now the boss is hinting you should take another 10 % haircut.’
    • ‘If the government absorbed half the losses, the banks would probably be willing to take a haircut on the rest.’
    • ‘Nonfinancial corporations got a major haircut, with estimated profits in 2000 reduced by $81 billion, or 13 %.’
    • ‘The American public believes that the financial institutions didn't take enough of a haircut in connection with that insurance group.’
    • ‘If this happens, bondholders will take a serious haircut, while shareholders will get a big fat nothing.’
    • ‘The only way to avoid this is real nationalization, with haircuts for the bondholders.’
    • ‘Real estate prices tanked by 50 % in 2009 and are projected to suffer another 30 % haircut this year.’
    • ‘Also, the effort shows that the government is serious about forcing creditors to take a haircut on their loans and bondholdings if need be.’
    • ‘I think a 5 % "haircut" was recorded as a loss in the income statement.’
    • ‘Now Jack likes to say that news caused the stock to take a major "haircut."’
    • ‘Tight haircuts for bootboy bankers and existing shareholders could be the order of the day.’
    • ‘Were they really so thinly capitalized that any haircut would have triggered system-wide failures?’
    • ‘Injuries, sending-offs and even haircuts can play havoc with even the best laid plans.’
    • ‘Now as Jack likes to say, that news caused the stock to take a major haircut.’
    • ‘In other words, the firm was already taking a haircut on the transactions.’
    • ‘Having trimmed growth forecasts for this year last November, the Chancellor announced another haircut today.’
    • ‘The effort shows that the government is serious about forcing creditors to take a haircut on their loans and bondholdings if need be.’
    • ‘It's easy to blithely say "Why don't they just make the bondholders take a haircut?"’
    • ‘The alternative allowing the insolvent banks to fail, seizing the assets, wiping out shareholders, giving bond holders a serious haircut is still not on the official agenda.’
    • ‘We've seen what can happen when even gold could easily take a 20 % haircut.’
    • ‘The "haircut" for bond holders seems especially dicey.’
    • ‘In some cases, increased "burden sharing" could mean junior bondholders face "haircuts."’