head·​piece | \ ˈhed-ˌpēs How to pronounce headpiece (audio) \

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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Synonyms for headpiece


cap, chapeau, hat, headdress, headgear, lid [slang]

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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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Wearing a mid-length deep blue Ralph and Russo outfit and a headpiece by Sarah Cant, Beatrice typically would precede Eugenie down the aisle, but chose to forgo that for this event. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "How Princess Eugenie's Wedding Broke Royal Protocol," 13 Oct. 2018 Instead of slipping on a golden gown or headpiece for the occasion like many other celebs have, British makeup artist Giselle Ali glued different sizes and colors of glitzy rhinestones on Erivo's arches to look like crowns. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Met Gala 2018: Cynthia Erivo Brings Bejeweled Brow Art to the Red Carpet," 7 May 2018 The queen of the United Kingdom did not want to take off her headpiece. Abby Aguirre, Vogue, "How the World Fell Head Over Heels for RuPaul," 15 Apr. 2019 Their white and pink headpieces are in the shape of bunnies, with chunky paws that hang down past their shoulders. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Camila Mendes and Charles Melton Wear Matching Bunny Hats in South Korea," 29 Dec. 2018 The older Princess of York chose to wear a gorgeous headpiece instead of the traditional hat or fascinator for the ceremony today. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Beatrice Bucks Royal Tradition at Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 Madonna greeted us from the Oscars with a dazzling headpiece, mauve lips, thick lashes, and chestnut cheekbones. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Madonna, Candice Swanepoel, and More," 3 Mar. 2019 Though his blowup paddling-pool headpieces were easily a close second. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Born in Buffalo and Trained in London, Edwin Mohney Sources the Fabric for His Radical Ball Gowns at Kmart," 16 Feb. 2019 On an artful beat, Guido Palau created yet another masterpiece, this time for Burberry’s Fall 2019 show featuring model Kacie Hall’s strands quaffed into an asymmetrical headpiece. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Adwoa Aboah, Beyoncé, and More," 24 Feb. 2019

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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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