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 Another portrayed Gantz and his fellow party leaders in Arab headdress, similar to images that circulated of Rabin before he was killed. Washington Post, "World Digest: March 8, 2020," 8 Mar. 2020 With a little digital image enhancement, though, the geoglyph is a solid figure in a tall headdress holding a stick. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists found 143 more images among the Nazca Lines," 2 Dec. 2019 The high school got rid of the Native American man in a headdress 15 years ago in response to concerns that the image was offensive. USA TODAY, "Feral pig invasion, giant Christmas pyramid, rampaging fox attacks humans: News from around our 50 states," 20 Nov. 2019 Another portrayed him and his fellow party leaders in Arab headdress, similar to images that circulated of Rabin before he was killed. Aron Heller, BostonGlobe.com, "Israeli court rejects Netanyahu request to delay trial," 10 Mar. 2020 In portraits carved on stone monuments there, the new king, named Yax Nuun Ayiin, holds an atlatl, a spearthrower used by Teotihuacan warriors, and wears a Teotihuacan-style headdress adorned with tassels. Lizzie Wade, Science | AAAS, "‘Astounding new finds’ suggest ancient empire may be hiding in plain sight," 27 Feb. 2020 The two most memorable entrants were the Penguin’s milk-carton igloo, and the otherworldly antler headdress worn, again with little else, by Boreus. al, "Order of Osiris offers the Masked Observer a feast of friends," 20 Feb. 2020 The Northern Arapaho Tribe held a ceremony Saturday to welcome the headdress of Chief Black Coal, who guided many to the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming in the 19th century, the Casper Star-Tribune reports. USA TODAY, "Tibetan monks at turtle release, puppy rescue 911: News from around our 50 states," 3 Feb. 2020 The two upper figures’ headdresses were once vivid red and yellow, while their faces were painted red and white. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "X-rays reveal the faded colors of a 1,300-year-old Inca idol," 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of headdress

1645, in the meaning defined above

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22 May 2020

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“Headdress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headdress. Accessed 1 Jun. 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) \

Kids Definition of headdress

: a covering or ornament for the head

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