Meaning of barbershop in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbɑːbəʃɒp/

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  • 1mainly North American A shop where a barber works.

    ‘Beauty salons and barbershops entice potential customers with colorful portraits of well-coifed heads that look more like art pieces than hairstyles.’
    • ‘Sell your music at flea markets, barbershops, beauty salons, birthday parties, car washes, and any place you think people will buy it.’
    • ‘These intervention programs make use of lay leadership in churches, schools, beauty salons, barbershops, tattoo and body piercing salons, and laundromats.’
    • ‘I live in the suburbs surrounded by salons and barbershops.’
    • ‘In addition to the established barbershops, some enterprising individuals, armed with just shears and comb, offered haircutting services out of their homes.’
    • ‘Also underplayed by the media, but probably a hot topic in black barbershops, was another Census report last week.’
    • ‘They were talking about it in the barbershops and on the corners.’
    • ‘When Mark Brown wrote the script, these were conversations he'd heard in barbershops before.’
    • ‘In both fallen cities, people lined up at barbershops to shave their once-mandatory beards.’
    • ‘So barbershops and the number of barbers necessary for a given number of troops became a part of the camp support equation.’
    • ‘There were ballrooms, three dining rooms, a social hall, beauty and barbershops, four bars, a Grand Salon and other entertainment salons.’
    • ‘Bookmaking and policy syndicates were often backed by Irish Americans in saloons, barbershops, and other neighborhood outlets, so that syndicate backers became important local political figures.’
    • ‘I like old fashioned barbershops - currently I go to one that hasn't changed since the 40's (including the barbers) and is located opposite the Bank of America on Pine St. in San Francisco.’
    • ‘However, we have actually served a more diverse ethnic group patronizing these barbershops, including men of African, West Indian, Bahamian, Haitian, and Jamaican heritages.’
    • ‘Monthly quality assurance inspections and assessments were made of dining facilities, water-production sites, ice plants, detention cells, barbershops, and base camps.’
    • ‘As a result, black businesses were typically small service sector activities such as dressmaking, poolrooms, grocery stores, restaurants and barbershops.’
    • ‘Community-focused businesses like barbershops and post offices are scattered throughout the ground floors of various buildings as well, to encourage mingling.’
    • ‘He has previously located and recorded the remarkable details of the vernacular: truck-stop pool tables, barbershops and an entire nation of baseball parks.’
    • ‘From the barbershops to newsrooms to college classrooms, the issue of Black prominence in sports and social activism gets aired frequently, according to observers.’
    • ‘I have been carrying these photos around to various barbershops in San Francisco and saying, ‘Give me this haircut,’ and getting disastrous results.’
  • 2mass noun, often as modifier A popular style of close harmony singing, typically for four male voices.

    ‘a barbershop quartet’
    • ‘Hip-hop's barbershop quartet, Jurassic Five, returns with Power in Numbers two years after their decent full-length debut, Quality Control.’
    • ‘For almost a century, ‘Down in Jungle Town’ has been a favorite with barbershop quartets because it permits close harmony at a rapid tempo.’
    • ‘His harmony parts for the ‘Gentlemen of the Ensemble’ frame the 1906 tune in perfect barbershop style.’
    • ‘Released in 2001, their first single, Shadows Fall, opens with a loping reggae rhythm topped off with barbershop quartet harmonies, before unexpectedly exploding into big-band jazz.’
    • ‘On February 28 a large crowd estimated at 1200 people gathered in the park for easy listening music including barbershop singing groups.’
    • ‘Homer, Strange, and Marty the Mysterious Milkman, are busy sampling all the party treats, as the Merry Calypso Singers treat everyone to barbershop quartet music.’
    • ‘They were then entertained by Grand Parade, an award winning barbershop quartet made up of four singers from various parts of the world who gave a wonderful performance to a very appreciative audience.’
    • ‘It's the spirituality and soul of the blues filtered through barbershop harmonies, but accompanied in counterpoint by dehumanized pulses and drones.’
    • ‘Women apparently began performing in barbershop style in the 1930s & 1940s.’
    • ‘Also appearing are the Wellingtones, a local male barbershop chorus.’
    • ‘Buy the full set and marvel as they perform barbershop style - perfect for that distinctive housewarming.’
    • ‘The overdubs on Young Liars and Desperate Youth create the illusion of four or five voices where there are usually one or two, hence the doo-wop and even barbershop comparisons.’
    • ‘Where you might be able to catch her singing if you have no patience for barbershop harmonies: At Vocalz on Crescent doing the karaoke thing.’
    • ‘Future programmes will explore every reach of the choral repertoire, including gospel, liturgical, male-voice, barbershop and other styles from around the world.’
    • ‘The station has already booked Chinese lion dancers, steel pans, reggae and gospel artists as well as barbershop singers and classical musicians and wants to hear from all kinds of other performers to take part.’
    • ‘‘Come on if you think you can take us,’ it goes, with razor-sharp barbershop harmonies.’
    • ‘At times, the record conjures up the image of nine men in carnival masks performing barbershop harmonies.’
    • ‘Around 150 people enjoyed a performance by jazz quartet John Currie's Hot Stuff and barbershop singers the Ringtones in the grounds of Peter's Shrivenham Road home.’
    • ‘Four singers from Bolton helped a top ladies' barbershop group win the European Barbershop Singing Championships in Holland.’
    • ‘Swell stuff for those who prefer their melancholy with a beat and some barbershop harmony.’


    From the custom in the 16th and 17th centuries of passing time in a barber's shop by harmonizing to a lute or guitar provided to entertain customers waiting their turn.