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noun (1)

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


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noun (2)

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

Word History


Noun (2)

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

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of headrail was before the 12th century

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“Headrail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headrail. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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