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goatee (plural goatees)
- A beard trimmed to grow only at the center of the chin.
- Coordinate term: soul patch
- 1845 February, “Editors' Table”, in The Williams Monthly Miscellany, volume 1, number 8, page 367:
- One person sports a goatee, the hair refusing to grow on the sides of his physiognomy; the chin of another is as smooth as a baby's cheek,—he contents himself with a modest moustache and a faint attempt at an imperial; while a few of the upper classes rejoice in all the varieties.
- 1906 January–October, Joseph Conrad, chapter III, in The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale, London: Methuen & Co., […], published 1907, OCLC 270548466; The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale (Collection of British Authors; 3995), copyright edition, Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1907, OCLC 1107573959, page 44:
- The terrorist, as he called himself, was old and bald, with a narrow, snow-white wisp of a goatee hanging limply from his chin.
beard at the center of the chin