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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Baker loved playing dress-up and French audiences applauded her sense of theatrical style of feathers, silk, sequins and headpieces. Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "10 Black Fashion Icons Who Paved the Way in Style," 29 June 2019 The circular headpiece was completely covered in blue feathers, which resembled butterflies, and featured a thin gold adornment. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Steps Out in a Jewel-Toned Dress at Royal Ascot Today," 20 June 2019 His embellished bodysuit came with its own gold wings and headpiece. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Billy Porter wore a dress made out of the "Kinky Boots" curtain to the Tony Awards," 10 June 2019 No word on whether this was a deliberate decision or if Melania was simply wearing a style favored by many royals (a.k.a. a conservative dress/coat-dress with a matching headpiece). Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Melania Trump Channels Meghan Markle in Her Latest Hair Accessory," 7 June 2019 The precious headpiece was kept at the Portland Collection Gallery at the Welbeck Estate in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, but thieves smashed into its armored glass encasement with power tools to steal the tiara last Tuesday. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Royal Tiara Was Stolen Like a Real-Life Ocean's 11 Movie," 27 Nov. 2018 The headpiece, made in 1932 with a floral center brooch dating back to 1893, has not been worn in decades and was lent to her by Queen Elizabeth II. Fox News, "Meghan Markle stuns in Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy at royal wedding," 22 May 2018 In a display of costume-style designs, animal totems were the order of the day. Oversized fur headpieces, deer antlers and bear head sculptures merged with giant synthetic lacing and yeti-style fringed footwear with architectural metal heels. Washington Post, "Chanel’s new designer, Viard, unveils couture debut in Paris," 2 July 2019 Although the same piece, it was styled very differently to Kate's appearance, with the Duchess of Kent opted for a statement headpiece, pearl necklaces, and casual sneakers with her own Erdem. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton's Floral Erdem Dress Is a Royal Family Favorite," 21 May 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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