head·​dress ˈhed-ˌdres How to pronounce headdress (audio)
: 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
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Word History

First Known Use

1645, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of headdress was in 1645

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“Headdress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headdress. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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head·​dress ˈhed-ˌdres How to pronounce headdress (audio)
: a covering or ornament for the head

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