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hairpin Syllabification: hair·pin
Pronunciation: /ˈherˌpin/

Definition of hairpin in English:


1A U-shaped pin for fastening the hair.
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.
1.1A sharp U-shaped curve in a road.
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.


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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
  • The hairpin bend in the snow-dusted mountain road is looming.
  • He came to a hairpin bend where he saw Norma sitting in her parked car.
  • Though the panther was many hundred feet below, it could easily run through the bush, scramble up the embankment and surprise them around a hairpin bend!
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