head·​band | \ ˈhed-ˌband \

Definition of headband

1 : a band worn on or around the head
2 : a narrow strip of cloth sewn or glued by hand to a book at the extreme ends of the spine

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Sarah is sporting a very of-the-moment headband-cum-earmuff situation, along with a somewhat inexplicable cowboy belt. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Just Shared the Sweetest Throwback Photo of Her and Sarah Ferguson as Ski Bunnies," 1 Feb. 2019 The elevated headband made its Middleton debut at Prince Louis' christening on July 9, 2018. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Has a New Signature Look: The Hatband," 13 Jan. 2019 In November, Kate Middleton wore her own black velvet version of the padded headband while attending a service at Westminster Abbey. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Velvet, Pearls, and Crystals: These Pretty Padded Headbands Add Sparkle to Your New Year’s Eve Style," 24 Dec. 2018 The design here is lightweight and well-padded in both the ear cups and the headband. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—good tech for the home and home office," 19 Nov. 2018 The headband is padded with the same material and uses metal for the rest of its structure. Dan Seifert, The Verge, "Dolby Dimension review: headphones for your home," 14 Nov. 2018 The goodie box — which features Ouai's trusty treatment masque, a coveted tube of Summer Fridays' Jet Lag mask, and a headband — was made for living your best spa life, even if the spa happens to be your bedroom. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "You Can Now Mask Your Entire Head for $22," 18 Dec. 2018 More importantly, this set of headphones proves supremely comfortable—both lighter and more breathable around the ears than its predecessors, with a healthy but not overbearing amount of soft pleather padding around the ear cups and headband. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "The Ars Holiday Gift Guide 2018—tech and gear for travel that we’d buy," 13 Nov. 2018 Olympia dons a headband with a pink flower while her mom goes makeup-free. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Serena Williams Reveals Her First Thought After Learning She Was Pregnant: 'How Am I Going to Play?'," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of headband

circa 1522, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of headband was circa 1522

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English Language Learners Definition of headband

: a band of cloth or some other material worn on or around your head


head·​band | \ ˈhed-ˌband \

Kids Definition of headband

: a band worn on or around the head

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