head·​dress | \ ˈhed-ˌdres How to pronounce headdress (audio) \

Definition of headdress

: an often elaborate covering for the head

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The dancers wore ceremonial headdresses. most of the acrobats riding the horses and elephants wore some sort of fancy headdress
Recent Examples on the Web Other display cases present beaded and embroidered caps, colorful appliquéd garments and headdresses by unknown Native artists from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Susan Delson, WSJ, "Remixing Native American Art," 6 Feb. 2020 For a brief period on Saturday and Sunday, my social media feeds were a steady stream of articles with lead photos of fans dressed in redface and headdresses. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "And Now Back to Ignoring Indian Country," 3 Feb. 2020 Roche said a family from the tribe gave the camp a headdress that is on display. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "7 weeks of summer camp is rare in Wisconsin, but Red Arrow has continued the tradition for 100 years," 30 Jan. 2020 Images from Rome show tribal leaders in traditional feather headdresses alongside Vatican officials in their regalia. Vincent J. Miller, The Conversation, "Pope affirms Catholic Church’s duty to indigenous Amazonians hurt by climate change," 18 Oct. 2019 The scan captures every detail that made the bust so iconic, including Nefertiti’s delicate neck, painted headdress, high cheekbones and sharp eyeliner. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian, "3-D Scans of the Bust of Nefertiti Are Now Available Online," 23 Nov. 2019 One wearing an elaborate headdress came forward with a huge smile on her face and hugged him. Washington Post, "Pope arrives in Thailand to encourage Catholic minority," 20 Nov. 2019 On hand for the service were indigenous people from several tribes, some with their faces painted and wearing feathered headdresses, as well as more than 180 South American cardinals, bishops and priests, who donned green vestments like the pope. Nicole Winfield, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pope urges bold action to protect the Amazon amid fires," 6 Oct. 2019 The woman in Martin’s quilt wears an Egyptian headdress decorated with flowers, swirls and Egyptian symbols for God and life, as well as a map of Africa. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "African American quilters share their spirited, vibrant stories at Hartford library," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of headdress

1645, in the meaning defined above

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14 Feb 2020

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“Headdress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headdress. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of headdress

: a decorative covering for your head


head·​dress | \ ˈhed-ˌdres How to pronounce headdress (audio) \

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: a covering or ornament for the head

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