Barbie

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See also: barbie and bărbie

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Etymology 1[edit]

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Barbie (plural Barbies)

  1. A diminutive of the female given name Barbara.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Named for Barbara Handler-Segal, daughter of Mattel co-founder Elliot Handler, in 1959.

Noun[edit]

Barbie (plural Barbies)

  1. A tall, slender female fashion doll.
    • 1964, Young Children, National Association for the Education of Young Children, volume 55, page 10:
      They discourage their young children from engaging in rough-and-tumble play. One mother said, “I like Hai-Mei quiet. I like her playing Barbies, writing, and singing.”
    • 1968, Paul Krassner (editor), The Realist, Realist Association, volumes 84-93, page 68:
      Everything short of the toe-to-toe Truth and Love that comes from real confrontation of individual consciousness is just playing with Barbie dolls.
    • 1976, Across the Board, The Conference Board, volumes 13-14, page 20:
      Sarah, who is ten, says she doesn’t play with Barbies anymore, although she takes a certain scientific interest [] .
    • 2005, Linda Hoffman Kimball, Apple Pies & Promises, Cedar Fort, ISBN 1555178499, page 51:
      Many of my feminist friends hate Barbie because they feel that she sends a terrible message to girls.
  2. (by extension, informal, derogatory) A beautiful but stupid or shallow young woman.
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Cebuano[edit]

Etymology[edit]

After the fashion doll Barbie.

Proper noun[edit]

Barbie

  1. a female given name

German[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French Barbier.

Noun[edit]

Barbie

  1. A surname​.
    Klaus BarbieKlaus Barbie

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