noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hǣr; akin to Old High German hār hair Date: before 12th century 1. a. a slender threadlike outgrowth of the epidermis of an animal; especially one of the usually pigmented filaments that form the characteristic coat of a mammal b. the hairy covering of an animal or a body part; especially the coating of hairs on a human head 2. haircloth 3. a. a minute distance or amount <
won by a hair
b. a precise degree <
aligned to a hair
4. obsolete nature, character 5. a filamentous structure that resembles hair <
leaf hair
hairless adjectivehairlessness nounhairlike adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • haïr — haïr …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • haïr — [ air ] v. tr. <conjug. : 10> • 1080; frq. °hatjan REM. Au Canada, [ ajir ] avec h muet : j hais. 1 ♦ Avoir (qqn) en haine. ⇒ détester, exécrer, honnir. « Ils nous haïssent de toute la haine du domestique pour le maître, du petit pour le… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • hair — W1S1 [heə US her] n [: Old English; Origin: hAr] 1.) [U] the mass of things like fine threads that grows on your head ▪ She put on her lipstick and brushed her hair . ▪ I must get my hair cut it s getting very long. ▪ You ve had your hair done… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Hair — (h[^a]r), n. [OE. her, heer, h[ae]r, AS. h[=ae]r; akin to OFries. h[=e]r, D. & G. haar, OHG. & Icel. h[=a]r, Dan. haar, Sw. h[*a]r; cf. Lith. kasa.] 1. The collection or mass of filaments growing from the skin of an animal, and forming a covering …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • *haïr — ● haïr verbe transitif (francique hatjan) Avoir de la haine pour quelqu un, lui vouloir du mal, abhorrer, exécrer quelqu un : Haïr les dictateurs. Avoir de la répugnance, de l aversion, de l horreur pour quelque chose : Haïr l hypocrisie. ● haïr… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • hair — HAIR. v. a (l h s aspire.) Vouloir mal à quelqu un. Haïr ses ennemis, les haïr mortellement, cruellement. haïr quelqu un à mort, le haïr à la mort. haïr son prochain, le haïr. comme la peste, le haïr en diable. haïr les meschans. haïr les… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • hair — [ her ] noun *** uncount the thing that grows on your head in a mass of thin fibers: long black hair a girl with dark shoulder length hair He wore his hair in a ponytail. You need to brush your hair before you go out. a. uncount hair that grows… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • hair — ► NOUN 1) any of the fine thread like strands growing from the skin of mammals and other animals, or from the epidermis of a plant. 2) strands of hair collectively, especially on a person s head. 3) a very small quantity or extent. ● hair of the… …   English terms dictionary

  • hair — do’s and dont’s have been a tricky subject in Chinese culture ever since the Manchu conquest in 1644. It has been observed by many writers and scholars that the transition from late imperial to modernity was, for many Chinese who lived at the… …   Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture

  • hair — [her, har] n. [ME here < OE hær (akin to Ger haar, Frank * harja) & < ? OFr haire, hair shirt < Frank * harja < IE base * k̑er(s) , to bristle] 1. any of the fine, threadlike outgrowths from the skin of an animal or human being 2. a… …   English World dictionary

  • hair — (n.) O.E. hær hair, a hair, from P.Gmc. *khæran (Cf. O.S., O.N., O.H.G. har, O.Fris. her, Du., Ger. haar hair ), from PIE *ker(s) to bristle (Cf. Lith. serys bristle ). Spelling influenced by O.N. har and O.E. haire …   Etymology dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”