head·​piece ˈhed-ˌpēs How to pronounce headpiece (audio)
: a protective or defensive covering for the head
: an ornamental, ceremonial, or traditional covering for the head
: an ornament especially at the beginning of a chapter

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
Recent Examples on the Web All her beadwork headpieces have a constrictive nun-like look around her face and frame it. Ingrid Schmidt, The Hollywood Reporter, 5 Mar. 2024 To finish out the look, Smith wore a green tartan headpiece and walked with a large stick. Stephen Daw, Billboard, 4 Mar. 2024 The headpiece also paired perfectly with the singer's blue, lacy halter dress, which also featured a matching flower on the bust. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 23 Feb. 2024 Nancy had found a vintage wedding dress and asked me to make a headpiece to match. Bea L. Hines, Miami Herald, 15 Feb. 2024 According to The Court Jeweller, the bold headpiece was made for Hortense de Beauharnais, the stepdaughter of Napoleon Bonaparte. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 31 Jan. 2024 Campbell commanded the catwalk in an eye-catching gold headpiece that ran vertically down her face, along with a large sculptural piece positioned on the front of her body. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 22 Jan. 2024 Sitting on her head like a crown, the distinctive headpiece is in the shape of a heart or a butterfly, with a silken veil draping down over her high forehead in the front and down the sides to her shoulders. Ana María Velasco, Premium, 17 Jan. 2024 After debuting the look, the star made headlines not only for being a Globes style standout, but also for the unique, face-obscuring headpiece. Abby Stern, Peoplemag, 14 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Headpiece.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headpiece. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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head·​piece -ˌpēs How to pronounce headpiece (audio)
: a protective covering for the head
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