A goatee is a narrow beard. If your uncle shaves his cheeks and the sides of his chin, leaving just a strip of hair under his mouth, you can compliment him on his goatee.

Some facial hair purists say that it's only a goatee if there's no mustache involved — the combination of a narrow beard and mustache can also be called a "Van Dyke." Others are fine with describing any beard that doesn't extend fully across the face from ear to ear as a goatee. This term comes from the tufted beards that many goats have, and it was originally known as a goaty.

Definitions of goatee
  1. noun
    a small chin beard trimmed to a point; named for its resemblance to a goat's beard
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    type of:
    beard, face fungus, whiskers
    the hair growing on the lower part of a man's face
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