A hairnet, or sometimes simply a net or caul, is a small, often elasticised, fine net worn over long hair to hold it in place. It is often worn by food service workers to prevent hair from contaminating the food. A snood is similar but a looser fit and with a much coarser mesh.
Evidence has been found of hairnets as far back as
ancient Greece[http://classics.furman.edu/Classics/GreekFashion/page37.htm] .Hairnets were worn from the 13th century onwards in Germanyand Englandand are shown in illustrations from this period often worn with a wimple. They were made from extremely fine silk and edged with bands of either finger-weaving or tablet-weaving. [http://members.tripod.com/nicolaa5/articles/hairnet.htm]
Ena Sharples, an early character in the UK soap opera Coronation Street, was famous for wearing a hairnet.
The word has been adopted by several organisations in
computingand the world wide web.
*Hairnet in the UK, subsequently renamed
Digital Unite, is a network of older self-employed computer trainers. [http://www.hairnet.org/] .
cycling, a hairnet was the popular term given to a bicycle helmetconsisting of padded leather straps [http://www.branfordbike.com/helmet/helmet1.htm] .
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hairnet — hair net n. a small net that some women wear over their hair to keep it in place. [WordNet 1.5] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
hairnet — [her′net΄] n. a net or fine meshed cap of silk, etc., for keeping the hair in place * * * hair·net (hârʹnĕt ) n. A mesh for holding the hair in place. * * * … Universalium
hairnet — ► NOUN ▪ a fine mesh for confining the hair … English terms dictionary
hairnet — [her′net΄] n. a net or fine meshed cap of silk, etc., for keeping the hair in place … English World dictionary
hairnet — UK [ˈheə(r)ˌnet] / US [ˈherˌnet] noun [countable] Word forms hairnet : singular hairnet plural hairnets a small net worn over hair to keep it tidy … English dictionary
hairnet — [[t]he͟ə(r)net[/t]] hairnets N COUNT A hairnet is a small net that some women wear over their hair in order to keep it tidy … English dictionary
hairnet — /ˈhɛənɛt/ (say hairnet) noun a loosely woven net of nylon, silk, etc., used to cover the hair and hold it in place … Australian English dictionary
hairnet — noun Date: 1852 a net worn over the hair to keep it in place … New Collegiate Dictionary
hairnet — noun /ˈhɛrˌnɛt/ A net designed to keep hair up and out of the way. (used, e.g., while cooking) … Wiktionary
hairnet — hair|net [ˈheənet US ˈher ] n a very thin net that stretches over your hair to keep it in place … Dictionary of contemporary English