Definition of barnet in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɑːnɪt/

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British informal
A person’s hair.
Example sentences
  • He had special scissors that ‘thin’ the barnet by cutting some hairs but not others.
  • It was an American era of big moustaches, buffed-up barnets, industrial-strength sideburns and intimidating, tightly permed chest hair.
  • They had sought him out to discover whether having a long barnet and beard makes a stand-up more or less comic.


Mid 19th century: from rhyming slang barnet fair, the name of a famous horse fair held at Barnet, Herts.

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