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

Definition of headdress

: an often elaborate covering for the head

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The rosettes on this gold diadem were made of gold foil and wire, and likely decorated a headdress or garment of an elite Scythian woman. CNN, 1 Oct. 2021 Students are now allowed to substitute their caps with a traditional headdress, which some principals made exceptions for last year. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 2 May 2022 Researchers say the two limestone sphinxes depicted Amenhotep in a mongoose headdress, sporting a beard and broad necklace, per the statement. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 27 Jan. 2022 Following the show, Rihanna shook things up, trading in her crop top, pants, and headdress for a sheer black Gucci mini dress, strappy heels, and another long silver statement necklace. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 26 Feb. 2022 What is known is that Cain dressed in a plaid skirt and a headdress and paraded through the city streets on Fat Tuesday celebrating Mardi Gras Day in front of the citizens and the remaining occupying Union Army troops. al, 27 Feb. 2022 Despite 3,400 years of weathering, the sphinxes still bear the carved limestone face of the pharaoh, who is adorned with a royal headdress and beard. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, 27 Jan. 2022 As Stephen Oryszczuk reports for the Jewish News, Rank-Broadley’s statue of Licoricia—scheduled to be unveiled by Prince Charles on February 10—presents her as a wealthy medieval woman clad in ornate clothing and a headdress. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Feb. 2022 Thankfully the artist had another great look waiting in the wings, this time a puffy, ruffle-laden gown by Bitcrcrcr and a Chained by Sedona metal headdress that played to her Renaissance rave aesthetic. Vogue, 20 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of headdress

1645, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of headdress was in 1645

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21 May 2022

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“Headdress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headdress. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of headdress

: a covering or ornament for the head

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