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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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 While this in itself was a lewk, Heard made her oceanic outfit stand out even more with a matching green headpiece that resembled a swimming cap. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Amber Heard Paired Her Valentino Gown With a Swim Cap at Aquaman's London Premiere," 26 Nov. 2018 Closing the show was model Adut Akech Bior in a striking marigold gown complete with a matching floral headpiece. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Gowns At Valentino's Couture Show Will Take Your Breath Away," 5 July 2018 Back in 2016, Duchess Kate wore a white lace Dolce & Gabbana dress with a cream headpiece by Jane Taylor. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "How Meghan Markle's First Royal Ascot Compares to Kate Middleton's," 19 June 2018 The hall’s Spanish iron choir screen frames an eye-popping haute couture ensemble by John Galliano for Dior in 2000-1, with a beaded headpiece shaped like a bishop’s mitre. Jason Farago, New York Times, "‘Heavenly Bodies’ Brings the Fabric of Faith to the Met," 9 May 2018 The classic onesie will keep you warm and in the spirit — there's even a cozy onesie headpiece for your dog or cat! Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "4 Unique Ways to DIY the Unicorn Halloween Costume of Your Dreams," 24 Oct. 2018 The bride had initially been expected to wear the York tiara, the same headpiece worn by her mother on her wedding day. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Eugenie's Wedding Tiara Was Surprisingly Similar to Meghan Markle's," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of headpiece

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of headpiece

: a usually decorative covering for the head

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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