July 18, 2016
goatee (noun)
\goh-TEE\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a small trim pointed or tufted beard on a man's chin
How do you use it?
When Yaju came home from college to visit, the family was surprised to see that he had grown a goatee.
Are you a word wiz?

The word "beard" has been part of English since before the 12th century, but the word "goatee" for a type of beard is newer than that. Who do you think might have been sporting a goatee when "goatee" first appeared in English?

Hold your chin high if you picked D! The word "goatee" is about 150 years old, which is not very old, considering that beards have been around for thousands and thousands of years. Men may have been wearing beards in the style now called a "goatee" for a very long time, but our earliest evidence for the word "goatee" is from the mid-1800s, which was the early part of the Victorian Era. Apparently, people thought that men's facial hair worn in such a way looked like the beard of a male goat, giving the style its name.
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