Definition of hairpin in English:


Syllabification: hair·pin
Pronunciation: /ˈhe(ə)rˌpin


  • 1A U-shaped pin for fastening the hair.
    More example sentences
    • Spark some interest with an ornate hairpin, barrette or ponytail holder like these 24k gold-dipped pieces.
    • This is a holiday hairstyle where decorative hairpins are a must!
    • Women can't use hairpins to keep their hair together; it's too painful.
  • 1.1 A sharp U-shaped curve in a road.
    More example sentences
    • I learn I can take the second bend of the racetrack flat out, banking the bike over as I sweep round then opening the throttle full for the long straight that follows, slowing only for the sharp double hairpin at the end.
    • When the race hit the hills, though, those roads - full of hairpin turns like they were - really strung the peloton out up and down the climbs.
    • This sharp, right-hand hairpin, which poses a difficult braking manoeuvre as you swing round 180-degrees is taken at 48 km/h in first gear.


Back to top  
  • Shaped like a hairpin; forming a U: up the steep cliff along a slippery hairpin path a long series of hairpin turns on roads cut into the mountainside
    More example sentences
    • Lamps of 50 volts and lower continued to use bamboo filaments in hairpin shape until about 1900.

More definitions of hairpin

Definition of hairpin in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kərf
a slit made by cutting with a saw