head·​rest | \ ˈhed-ˌrest How to pronounce headrest (audio) \

Definition of headrest

1 : a support for the head

Examples of headrest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The trooper could not see a head above the seat’s headrest, and thought the driver might have been impaired. Michael Levenson, New York Times, "No Charges for Parents of 5-Year-Old Who Took to the Highway in an S.U.V.," 8 May 2020 It's finished in F8 Green with custom wheels, his number and signature are stitched in the headrest, there are subwoofers in the trunk, and a throwback Eagles logo puddle lamp illuminates when the doors are opened. Connor Hoffman, Car and Driver, "Carson Wentz Selling His Crazy Custom Dodge Challenger SRT Demon," 10 Jan. 2020 Go over arms and headrests multiple times, if necessary. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Way to Clean a Leather Couch, According to an Expert," 23 Mar. 2020 After each flight, meal trays and television screens are disinfected, while headsets, headrest covers, pillow covers and blankets are all changed, the company said. Angus Whitley, Time, "Airlines Are Using Disinfectant That Kills Herpes and MRSA to Clean Planes in Wake of Coronavirus Outbreak," 26 Feb. 2020 The airline's faux first class seats, called Big Front Seats, are also getting a reboot, including additional memory foam in the seat cushion and headrest. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "That new plane smell (and look): Spirit debuts new seats, bigger tray tables," 17 Dec. 2019 The aircraft's interior includes a special plaque marking the partnership between the two brands and headrests featuring the emblems of the Resistance and the First Order. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "United Airlines launching 'Star Wars'-themed plane with C-3PO and R2-D2 in safety video," 29 Oct. 2019 My secret weapon to combat this is a pair of Baby Elephant Ears, which, yes, is technically for infants, but still works well as a headrest for my four-year-old. Juliet Izon, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Items That Make Flying Alone With Kids Less Stressful," 10 Mar. 2020 Some seat covers have multiple attachments, making them easy to attach to back seats that have two or three headrests. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Ways to Dog Proof Your Vehicle Seats," 26 Feb. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'headrest.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of headrest

1833, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about headrest

Time Traveler for headrest

Time Traveler

The first known use of headrest was in 1833

See more words from the same year

Statistics for headrest

Last Updated

16 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Headrest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headrest. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for headrest


How to pronounce headrest (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of headrest

: the part of a seat or chair that supports your head

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on headrest

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with headrest

Spanish Central: Translation of headrest

Nglish: Translation of headrest for Spanish Speakers

Comments on headrest

What made you want to look up headrest? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • a blooming wisteria tree
  • Which is a synonym of exiguous?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!