hair·​piece | \ ˈher-ˌpēs How to pronounce hairpiece (audio) \

Definition of hairpiece

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

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Synonyms for hairpiece


rug [slang], 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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Footage from the ceremony shows that Rih's tied her locks back in a jeweled hairpiece, and her ponytail fell down to her hips. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Rihanna Was a Gorgeous Bridesmaid and She Completely Avoided the Bridal Bouquet," 20 Aug. 2018 Topping it all off, her runway look was accessorized with ultra-tiny sunglasses and a leafy palm hairpiece. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Madonna's Daughter, Lourdes Leon, Just Walked Her First Fashion Show," 12 Sep. 2018 These are typically human-hair made, with a closure (a hairpiece that looks like your natural scalp) sewn on the unit's crown that can only be parted one or two ways in the front. Shammara Lawrence, Allure, "Lace Frontier: A Beginner's Guide to the World of Wigs," 10 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of hairpiece

1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of hairpiece was in 1926

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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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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