A barber (from the Latin barba, "beard") is a person whose occupation is mainly to cut, dress, groom, style and shave males' hair. A barber's place of work is known as a "barber shop" or a "barber's".
In previous times, barbers also performed surgery and dentistry. Today, with the development of safety razors and the decreasing prevalence of beards, in American and Commonwealth cultures most barbers specialize in cutting men's hair. Many barbers may still deal with facial hair if requested.
Famous quotes containing the word barber:
“No barber shaves so close but another finds his work.”
—English proverb, collected in George Herbert, Outlandish Proverbs (1640)
“The best interviewslike the best biographiesshould sing the strangeness and variety of the human race.”
—Lynn Barber (b. 1944)