hair·piece | \ˈher-ˌpēs \

Definition of hairpiece 

1 : supplementary hair (such as a switch) used in some feminine coiffures

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toupee, wig

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Examples of hairpiece in a Sentence

if no one had told me he wore a hairpiece, I would have thought his hair was his own

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The outlandish hairpieces and facial prosthetics produce an effect somewhere between TV sketch comedy and Kabuki theater. Jay Longino, New York Times, "Review: In ‘Uncle Drew,’ N.B.A. Stars Keep Dunking With Age," 28 June 2018 Her jewelry, hairpiece, corsage, purse and even her French manicure were all made from Duck Tape. Wzzm-tv (grand Rapids), Detroit Free Press, "Michigan teen wears Duck Tape prom dress, wins scholarship," 9 July 2018 Merchants were expanding consumer markets in courts and cities by making chic accessories, including hats and hairpieces. Aubrey Almanza, Allure, "The Bizarre History of Fascinators and Why People Wear Them to Royal Weddings," 18 May 2018 Their work, nearly all of which was produced in the past decade, ranges from taxonomically displayed hairpieces to spare calligraphy, photographs-in-photographs and powerfully crushed paper. Lori Waxman,, "Abstraction, explained," 31 May 2018 John seems laughably ill-equipped for the job; his dubious pedagogical method includes fake names and hairpieces. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Review: A Tragic Wig and the Search for Happiness in ‘Oh Lucy!’," 28 Feb. 2018 Hair and hairpieces created by Julien d’Ys for Julien d’Ys; Makeup: Diane Kendal; Manicure: Jin Soon Choi. Maureen Dowd, Vogue, "“Heavenly Bodies,” the Met’s Biggest Show Ever, Earns Its Hallelujahs," 11 Apr. 2018 With colorful hairpieces, elaborate, bright makeup, and enough sparkle to shake a stick at, Carnival Monday, the pre-party before the big show, is the ultimate opportunity for self-expression. Danielle Gray, Allure, "All the Best Looks We Saw on Carnival Monday in Trinidad and Tobago," 14 Feb. 2018 In the past, hairpieces were commonplace, if not mandatory, and the hair plastered with all manner of pomades to give it substance. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "How Will Meghan Markle Wear Her Hair on Her Wedding Day?," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of hairpiece

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of hairpiece

: a section of real or false hair that is worn to cover a bald spot on your head or to make your hair look longer, thicker, or a different color

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one that holds something together

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