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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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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Before her energetic performance—which also entailed bike riding—Cardi, alongside husband Offset, walked the red carpet wearing a show-stopping Dolce and Gabbana floral gown and matching headpiece. Zoe Weiner, Glamour, "Cardi B's 2018 AMAs Performance of "I Like It" Did Not Disappoint," 9 Oct. 2018 Kate, meanwhile, donned an elegant white dress and matching headpiece. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Prince William, Kate, Prince Harry and Meghan gather for Prince Louis' christening," 2 Oct. 2018 First, Rihanna and Beyoncé donned lavish floral headpieces on the cover of British Vogue and Vogue, respectively. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Rodarte and Mansur Gavriel New York Fashion Week 2018 Models Wore Floral Hair Accessories," 10 Sep. 2018 Here’s another variation of the bun and headpiece combo. Wendy Sy, Allure, "Happy Birthday, Duchess: See Meghan Markle’s Hair Evolution Through the Years," 4 Aug. 2018 Ra’s headpiece, the Fertility Idol, and the Holy Grail will complete your Indiana Jones outfit. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "This Halloween, use a 3D-printed prop to complete your last-minute costume," 27 Oct. 2018 The horned headpiece in particular has a specific significance to Amazigh women, as Sahar Amarir articulates in another Twitter thread. Alisha Acquaye, Teen Vogue, "White People Need to Learn How to Appreciate a Different Culture Without Appropriating It," 23 Aug. 2018 Some accused Madonna, in her spiky silver headpiece, heavy necklaces and beaded bracelets, of cultural appropriation. Leanne Italie, The Seattle Times, "Madonna’s rambling Aretha Franklin tribute earns backlash," 21 Aug. 2018 Most of them took jewelry and other personal adornments to their graves: strands of ostrich eggshell or vibrantly colored stone beads, hippopotamus ivory rings or bangles, or headpieces made from latticed arrangements of animal teeth. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists explore East Africa’s ancient monumental cemeteries," 21 Aug. 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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