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 superstar performed the single standing on top of a car with a headdress of jewels. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, "Watch Billie Eilish Perform ‘Everything I Wanted’ on a Sunken Car at the 2021 Grammy Awards," 15 Mar. 2021 Opposite was a massive Trump-Pence bus and a throng of MAGA folk, led by an organizer in an Indian headdress. Jennifer Miller, Washington Post, "I Moved My Family From Brooklyn to Boulder," 8 Mar. 2021 Security video was checked and the suspect is described as a woman with a medium build, wearing a shawl or cape along with a babushka-style headdress and walking with a slight limp. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "Porch piratess commandeers lipstick, hair product: Pepper Pike Police Blotter," 6 Mar. 2021 Chansley became one of the most distinct individuals arrested in the riot, photographed flexing near the vice president’s chair in the Senate while shirtless and wearing a headdress and face paint. Washington Post, "U.S. judge scolds ‘QAnon Shaman’ for appearing on ‘60 Minutes Plus’ without permission," 3 Mar. 2021 Jacob Chansley, indicted on six charges, stood out in photos with his American flag facepaint, bare torso, and horned fur headdress. NBC News, "Selfies, social media posts making it easier for FBI to track down Capitol riot suspects," 16 Jan. 2021 Several images of rioters scaling the wall, charging Capitol Police officers and one of a protester wearing a Viking headdress have circulated since the violent spectacle at the Capitol. Stephanie Toone, ajc, "BREAKING: Man in viral photo posing in Nancy Pelosi’s office during riots 1 of 13 facing federal charges," 8 Jan. 2021 Her headdress, which incorporates both horns and feathers, is meant to commemorate two Miao groups, and her pale white aspect nods at the Miao’s reputation as skilled silversmiths. Keith Bradsher, New York Times, "A Soaring Monument to Beauty in China Is Stirring Passions. Mostly Anger.," 26 Nov. 2020 Chansley was identified as the man seen in media coverage who entered the Capitol building shirtless and wearing horns, a bearskin headdress and red-white-and-blue face paint. Sebastian Tong And Luke Mcgrath, Star Tribune, "Man seen in Senate carrying zip-ties among those charged in riot," 10 Jan. 2021

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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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3 Apr 2021

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“Headdress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headdress. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

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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) \

Kids Definition of headdress

: a covering or ornament for the head

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