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A small clasp for holding the hair in place.

[French, diminutive of barre, bar, from Old French; see bar1.]


(Clothing & Fashion) a clasp or pin for holding women's hair in place
[C20: from French: a little bar, from barre bar1]



a clasp for holding a woman's or girl's hair in place.
[1900–05; < French; see bar1, -ette]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.barrette - a pin for holding women's hair in placebarrette - a pin for holding women's hair in place
pin - a small slender (often pointed) piece of wood or metal used to support or fasten or attach things


[bəˈret] N (US) → pasador m (para el pelo)


n (US) → (Haar)spange f
References in classic literature ?
She had found one of her sisters, and presently Nastasie Barette, wife of Leroux, made her appearance, holding an infant in her arms, another child by the hand, while on her left was a little cabin-boy with his hands in his pockets and his cap on his ear.
Herbivore men pay as much attention to their appearance as women and also make use of the accessories (rings, earrings, hair dye, barettes, oil-removal sheets etc.
Closer in, at 500 feet prior, two shortened three-bulb bars, called barettes, straddle the centerline for additional attitude reference; this comes in handy for Cat II pilots who may be required to press a little closer in before seeing the glow.