head·​shot ˈhed-ˌshät How to pronounce headshot (audio)
variants or less commonly head shot
plural headshots also head shots
: a photograph of a person's head and face
When you dream of becoming a big actor, the first thing you have to do is make sure you have your headshots done.Stephen Adamson
The difference can be seen by comparing her 2016 headshot—which she also used for this year's Miss Michigan competition—to the recently minted headshot that will be the first thing Miss America judges see of her.Justine McGuire
The closet doors were covered with taped-up magazine photos of cast members from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, interspersed with a few dewy-eyed head shots of some androgynous blond actors that Nerese couldn't identify …Richard Price
When I saw her the next day, I noticed that she had printed out my prof's head shot from his Web site and stuck it on the dartboard in her dorm room.Theresa O'Rourke

Examples of headshot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a separate Instagram post in August last year, Des Champs seemed to make a bizarre comparison between himself and Trump — posting a headshot of himself next to the four-time indicted former president’s mugshot. Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 8 Feb. 2024 Even if the interview process takes place online, a hiring manager will likely check out your LinkedIn profile—and your headshot. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, 6 Feb. 2024 But he has not been swayed by any of their catchy slogans or artful headshots. Zia Ur-Rehman Saiyna Bashir, New York Times, 5 Feb. 2024 Then, when Lasha was 17 years old, Cosby asked her to go a suite at the Las Vegas Hilton, where Lasha worked at the bell desk, to have a professional photographer take headshots, according to the suit. Gina Martinez, CBS News, 1 Feb. 2024 Comedy photographers can provide talent headshots, images for fliers and social media posts. Julie Seabaugh, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2023 According to her website, she's shot headshots for hundreds of actors, including, of course, her sons. Emily Blackwood, Peoplemag, 16 Dec. 2023 Meet the women Turner will be dating from their ABC bios and headshots, below. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Aug. 2023 Underneath, Cudi sported a shirt with a headshot of late SNL great Chris Farley. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 2 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of headshot was in 1936

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“Headshot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headshot. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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