head·​gear | \ ˈhed-ˌgir How to pronounce headgear (audio) \

Definition of headgear

1 : a covering or protective device for the head
2 : a harness for a horse's head

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The law requires cyclists to wear protective headgear. Her preferred form of headgear is a big, floppy hat.
Recent Examples on the Web Because pronghorn antelope grow shedding horns rather than antlers, their headgear develops a little differently than the spreading racks of deer or elk. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "The Keys to Deer Antler Growth," 26 Mar. 2020 At Reagan National Airport, the National Weather Service clocked a headgear-clutching gust of 36 mph. Washington Post, "At 72 degrees, it was an unusual January Saturday in Washington," 12 Jan. 2020 The purple matte helmets are quite viking, still featuring the gold vestige of Norse headgear. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL uniform power rankings 2020: Where teams stand after many alter looks this offseason," 16 Apr. 2020 For gas money and boxing equipment—gloves, headgear, shoes, whatever else was needed—Ortiz Sr. even sold his beloved Camaro. Dallas News, "Vergil Ortiz Jr. hopes to inspire Dallas area’s next boxing champ," 3 Apr. 2020 Other* Vehicles, boats 48 29 92 2 49 6 Footwear, headgearStone, glass Wood, wood prod. William Mauldin, WSJ, "U.S., China Sign Deal Easing Trade Tensions," 15 Jan. 2020 At times, the masks on the runway—like Marine Serre’s white lace and black versions and the armor-like headgear and hoods at Paco Rabanne—more directly mirrored the... Rory Satran, WSJ, "What to Wear to Look Current in 2020," 6 Mar. 2020 House rules do not explicitly allow medical headgear even at this time of heightened concern. John Parkinson And, ABC News, "Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz wears gas mask during vote to address new coronavirus," 4 Mar. 2020 Most of the men are seen from the back, a medley of fedoras and caps, the difference in headgear indicating the wearers’ social status before the brutal scything of unemployment. Arthur Lubow, New York Times, "Empathy and Artistry: Rediscovering Dorothea Lange," 13 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of headgear

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Headgear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headgear. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of headgear

: things (such as hats and helmets) that are worn on your head


head·​gear | \ ˈhed-ˌgir How to pronounce headgear (audio) \

Kids Definition of headgear

: something worn on the head She wears protective headgear when skiing.

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