AskDefine | Define hairline

Dictionary Definition



1 a very thin line
2 the natural margin formed by hair on the head

User Contributed Dictionary



(US) IPA: /ˈhɛrˌlaɪn/


  1. the line along one's forehead where hair starts growing.
    It's just a receding hairline -- it's not like you're going bald.
  2. the thinnest line that can be drawn using some graphics software


  1. very thin, as thin as a hair
    There was a hairline crack in the airplane's wing.

Extensive Definition

In human anatomy, the forehead or brow is the bony part of the head above the eyes.

Cultural Aspects

A popular stereotype is that having a large forehead signifies a high level of intelligence. Certain hairstyles, such as fringe or bangs hide a portion of the forehead.


Historically, the word has rhymed with "horrid" RP: [ˈfɒɹɪd], GenAm: [ˈfɔɹɪd], but the spelling pronunciation RP: [ˈfɔːhɛd], GenAm: [ˈfɔɹhɛd] has become more common in recent years.

Other Uses

The name 'Forehead' is also a popular nickname for fictional character Cassie Turner, played by Sharni Vinson, in the Australian soap opera Home and Away.

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hairline in Old English (ca. 450-1100): Forhēafod
hairline in Arabic: جبهة
hairline in Breton: Tal
hairline in Chuvash: Çамка
hairline in German: Stirn
hairline in Dhivehi: ނިއްކުރި
hairline in Esperanto: Frunto
hairline in Persian: پیشانی
hairline in Scottish Gaelic: Bathais
hairline in Croatian: Čelo
hairline in Indonesian: Dahi
hairline in Italian: Fronte (anatomia)
hairline in Pampanga: Kanwan
hairline in Lingala: Eboló
hairline in Dutch: Voorhoofd
hairline in Japanese: 額
hairline in Pangasinan: Muling
hairline in Portuguese: Testa
hairline in Russian: Лоб
hairline in Simple English: Forehead
hairline in Finnish: Otsa
hairline in Tagalog: Noo
hairline in Turkish: Alın
hairline in Ukrainian: Чоло
hairline in Dimli: Çare

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

band, bar, cross-hatching, dash, delicacy, delicate, delicate distinction, delineation, diagonal, differentia, differential, distinction, dotted line, fine point, finespun, hachure, hairsplitting, hatching, line, lineation, margin, narrow margin, nice, nice distinction, nicety, nuance, particle of difference, point of difference, refined, refinement, score, shade of difference, slash, streak, streaking, striation, strip, stripe, striping, stroke, sublineation, subtle, subtle distinction, subtlety, underline, underlining, underscore, underscoring, virgule, wide margin
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