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Doesn't the word 'barber' only have one meaning?

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  1. I'd say yes.

    This online dictionary shows two meanings, but one is a technical term and I have never heard "barber" used that way.

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/barber

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  2. If you really want to study a vocabulary word, don't forget a good Etymology Dictionary:

    barber Look up barber at Dictionary.com
    early 14c., from Anglo-Fr. barbour (attested as a surname from 1221), from O.Fr. barbeor, barbieor (Mod.Fr. barbier, which has a more restricted sense than the English word), from V.L. *barbatorem, from L. barba "beard." Originally also regular practitioners of surgery and dentistry, they were restricted to haircutting and dentistry under Henry VIII. Barber-shop is from 1570s; in reference to close harmony male vocal quartets, it is attested from 1910.

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  3. weeelll yes and no. In the dictinary there are two, they're different and the same:

    1.To trim or dress the hair or beard of.

    2.Aperson whoose occupation is to trim or dress the hair or beard of customeres. (to trim or shave)

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