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

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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Her elaborate headdress was made of 20 gold leaves, lapis lazuli and carnelian beads, as well as a large golden comb. National Geographic, "The royal tombs of Ur revealed Mesopotamia's golden splendor," 22 May 2019 Inspired by the headdress Elizabeth Taylor wears in the 1968 film Boom!, Chan's makeup artist for the evening Monika Blunder used all Tom Ford Beauty to create a makeup look fit for a literal crown. Sable Yong, Allure, "The Exact $88 Eye Shadow Palette Gemma Chan Wore to the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 With her feathers and flowing gold cape, Beyoncé radiated power and gave onlookers a lion queen moment alongside daughter Blue Ivy who was in an adorable yellow gown with matching headdress. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé Was the Lion Queen at the Wearable Art Gala," 2 June 2019 Some of the most recognizable imagery from The Face over the years include: the black and white Madonna portrait, a young Kate Moss in a Native American headdress that surely wouldn’t fly today, and Andre 3000 styled as an Egyptian prince. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "The Youth Culture Magazine That Put Naomi Campbell and Missy Elliot on the Cover Is Relaunching," 1 Apr. 2019 Her porcelain face, its features so strikingly similar to those of the Dutch Golden Age, reflects the radiance of her headdresses like Vermeer’s Girl’s mirrored her earring, but the overall effect is less of warmth than of hard truth. Gabriella Fuller, ELLE Decor, "Photographer Hendrik Kerstens Is a Modern Day Dutch Master," 16 Oct. 2018 Mac, a galvanic performer who combines the otherworldly gender fluidity of Ziggy Stardust and the unstoppable razzle-dazzle of a post-modern Liza Minnelli, could easily stop traffic in these groves of academe with a simple change in headdress. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Taylor Mac on gay history, 'Hamilton' and his epic 24-hour extravaganza at the Ace," 14 Mar. 2018 Don’t miss the cemetery, either, where the carvings atop each tombstone indicate that person’s station in life (a fez headdress was reserved for government officials, a turban for someone of the religious order, an anchor for a seaman, and so on). Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 On Carnival Monday, bands line the streets in full costume, including intricate feather headdresses and beaded details by the popular Nova Mas band. Kristin Braswell, Vogue, "The Caribbean Carnivals You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer," 24 June 2018

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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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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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