headshot

noun
head·​shot | \ ˈhed-ˌshät How to pronounce headshot (audio) \
variants: or less commonly head shot
plural headshots also head shots

Definition of headshot

: 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

First Known Use of headshot

1936, in the meaning defined above

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“Headshot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headshot. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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