head·dress | \ˈhed-ˌdres \

Definition of headdress 

: an often elaborate covering for the head

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Synonyms for headdress


cap, chapeau, hat, headgear, headpiece, lid [slang]

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Examples of headdress in a Sentence

The dancers wore ceremonial headdresses. most of the acrobats riding the horses and elephants wore some sort of fancy headdress

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And speaking of halos: The accessories of choice were a headdress and an endless train. New York Times, "On the Met Gala Red Carpet, Playing It Unsafe," 8 May 2018 Rita Ora's massive train trailed behind as photographers frantically snapped pictures of her elaborate, spiked headdress. Nicole Evat And John Carucci, chicagotribune.com, "Holy haute couture: Divine designs grace carpet at Met Gala," 8 May 2018 The elaborate and costly ribbons of sabre velvet on satin, meanwhile, were made in Germany and St.-Etienne expressly for the headdresses. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "A Brief History of the Arlesienne Fashion Plates Who Inspired Alessandro Michele’s Cruise Collection," 8 June 2018 Schwegman's dad, Jason Schwegman, watched as Antonio drew the outline of the bear headdress on his daughter's shoulder. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "From taboo to fine art: KC tattoo convention draws hundreds of ink artists and addicts | The Kansas City Star," 26 May 2018 The Queen married Prince Philip in a Garrard creation, the Queen Mary Fringe Tiara, a 1919 piece similar in design to the traditional Russian kokoshnik headdress. Samuel Burns | Wwd, latimes.com, "Will Meghan Markle wear a tiara for her royal wedding?," 18 May 2018 Andrade uploaded a photo to Facebook on April 29 showing her filling in green headdress feathers with spray paint. Alex Horton, Washington Post, "A school’s mural depicts Trump’s severed head on a spear," 5 May 2018 Whimsically, Simmons can also be seen wearing a veiled unicorn headdress. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Tinsley Mortimer’s Ex-Husband Topper Marries Shoe Designer Tabitha Simmons in New York City," 11 June 2018 Photo: SK Film Archives/Museum of the City of New York Kubrick photographed a partygoer wearing a cubist headdress for a 1949 article. WSJ, "Lens Wide Open: Photos by Stanley Kubrick," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of headdress

1645, in the meaning defined above

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Dictionary Entries near headdress

head court

head dip

head ditch


head dropper



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The first known use of headdress was in 1645

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English Language Learners Definition of headdress

: a decorative covering for your head


head·dress | \ˈhed-ˌdres \

Kids Definition of headdress

: a covering or ornament for the head

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