noun (1)
head·​rail | \ ˈheˌdrāl \

Definition of headrail

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one of the elliptical rails at a wooden ship's head extending from the place of the figurehead to the bow
2a : the upper horizontal piece of a door
b : a solid piece at the top of the back of a chair
c : a crosspiece at the head of a bed


noun (2)
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Definition of headrail (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medieval head covering for women consisting usually of a cloth draped loosely over the head and hanging down in back

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First Known Use of headrail

Noun (1)

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for headrail

Noun (2)

translation of Old English hēafodhrægl, from hēafod head + hrægl garment

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“Headrail.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headrail. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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