head·piece | \ˈhed-ˌpēs \

Definition of headpiece 

1a : a protective or defensive covering for the head

b : an ornamental, ceremonial, or traditional covering for the head

3 : an ornament especially at the beginning of a chapter

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Examples of headpiece in a Sentence

The bride wore a veil with a beaded headpiece. the bride will be wearing a flowing veil fastened to a pearl-covered headpiece

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Both women were extravagant and adorned their fiery locks with headpieces and jewels. refinery29.com, "Margot Robbie & Saoirse Ronan's Orange Wigs Alone Are Oscar-Worthy In Mary Queen Of Scots Trailer," 12 July 2018 From sweeping gowns in bold colors to ornate floral headpieces and embroidered detailing, each look was more stunning than the last. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Gowns At Valentino's Couture Show Will Take Your Breath Away," 5 July 2018 But the spotlight was seemingly on the outlandish parade regulars wearing extravagant headpieces that shouted: only in New York. Luis FerrÉ-sadurnÍ, New York Times, "Only in New York: Easter Parade With Moai Heads and a Kraken," 1 Apr. 2018 But there's another possible Easter egg: in an SNL sketch from November 2017, Pete wore a black, bunny-eared headpiece to a masquerade ball. Hanna Lustig, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's Relationship: A Timeline," 25 June 2018 Kate was elegant in a cream suit dress from Alexander McQueen (her wedding dress designer!) and a matching headpiece from Jane Taylor. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "See the Royal Family of 5! Will, Kate, George and Charlotte Arrive at Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 Along with the oversized hair moment, the runway also featured several models wearing beautiful handmade flower headpieces with their couture gowns. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Gowns At Valentino's Couture Show Will Take Your Breath Away," 5 July 2018 Models walked down the runways in headpieces resembling halos and diadems, while dresses and bodices were adorned with chalices, Sacred Hearts, and images of the Virgin Mary and angels. Cady Lang, Time, "15 Times Catholicism Inspired Iconic Fashion Moments," 4 May 2018 Diane Kruger donned a striking blue gown from Atelier Prabal Gurung, complete with a headpiece, Tasaki jewelry and awe-inspiring train. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Final Touches: Watch Alexa, Natalia and Diane Prep for the Met," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of headpiece

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of headpiece was in 1530

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English Language Learners Definition of headpiece

: a usually decorative covering for the head

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