A barrette is a clip or pin that holds a small amount of hair away from your face. You might be especially fond of you butterfly-shaped barrette.

Barrettes are partly useful — they can keep hair out of your eyes — and partly ornamental. Young children sometimes wear brightly colored plastic barrettes in their hair, while adults tend to stick to more sedate, simple barrettes. The word barrette is a diminutive form of the French barre, "bar," after the size and shape of the typical barrette.

Definitions of barrette

n a small clip or pin for holding hair in place

Type of:
a small slender (often pointed) piece of wood or metal used to support or fasten or attach things

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