Bar"ber (bär"bər), n. [OE. barbour, OF. barbeor, F. barbier, as if fr. an assumed L. barbator, fr. barba beard. See 1st Barb.]

One whose occupation it is to shave or trim the beard, and to cut and dress the hair of his patrons.

Barber's itch. See under Itch.

⇒ Formerly the barber practiced some offices of surgery, such as letting blood and pulling teeth. Hence such terms as barber surgeon (old form barber chirurgeon), barber surgery, etc.


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Bar"ber, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Barbered (&?;); p. pr. & vb. n. Barbering.]

To shave and dress the beard or hair of. Shak.


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Bar"ber, n. (Meteor.)

A storm accompanied by driving ice spicules formed from sea water, esp. one occurring on the Gulf of St. Lawrence; -- so named from the cutting ice spicules. [Canada]


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