Definition of headpiece in English:



  • 1A device worn on the head as an ornament or to serve a function.

    • ‘There are six costume changes, with different headpieces for each, and they're all amazing, just beautiful.’
    • ‘The 10 female dancers of this Sydney-based company, bedecked in richly colored costumes and jewelled headpieces, performed in late July for a total of three shows.’
    • ‘Her elaborate headpiece looked like a much exaggerated crown.’
    • ‘It's very comfortable, almost like a leotard, and the headpiece is soft - you can put jewels everywhere and make it your own.’
    • ‘For the present at least, the huge drops are being kept in air-conditioned storage and the other properties, slippers, costumes, and headpieces, wait for the courts to decide who are their rightful owners.’
    • ‘I stuck with maroon and gold and with a gold headpiece with a deep red veil.’
    • ‘I was distracted by their beautiful costumes: soft animal skin boots, striking headpieces with eagle and parrot feathers, elaborate silver concho belts, turquoise squash blossom jewellery, and tinkling ankle bells.’
    • ‘People wear lots of jewelry: large chunks of amber, and semiprecious stones, headpieces with bead work and feathers, large ornate silver ornaments shaped into Celtic knots.’
    • ‘June on the other hand had a gorgeous white wedding dress with lace and satin and a beautiful headpiece.’
    • ‘Once he was sure that they were on tight and snug, he donned the gloves that were more deserving of the name ‘gauntlets’, and a special headpiece that featured yellow lenses worn over the eyes.’
    • ‘Lucia is dressed in a white robe and crowned with a headpiece of candles.’
    • ‘With short, ruffled tops and skirts and headpieces for the women, and large, ruffle-sleeved tops and white pants for the men, the group danced conga oriental, a common diversion during Cuba's Carnaval.’
    • ‘The headpieces, which looked like mops, draped from the heads of the revellers, bounced up and down as they moved across the stage.’
    • ‘Using silk flowers, crystals, fine silks and antique lace, the women sewed garters, ring pillows, purses for the bridal party, headpieces and veils.’
    • ‘Although feathers remained, hats, headwraps and heavily-decorated headpieces helped to enhance costumes.’
    • ‘They did, however, place a headpiece on her head that resembled a dunce cap.’
    • ‘I retrieved my gun first, and then pulled the headpiece out of the helmet.’
    • ‘I found a really nice picture of my face during a rehearsal of Swan Lake, when we were wearing our headpieces and bits of our costume.’
    • ‘More searching turned up golden slippers, and a hair net of pearls and moonstones, held on by a headpiece that looked like a combination between a circlet and a headband.’
    • ‘Women have a choice of several feathered and sequined costumes, complete with chiffon trains and abundantly feathered headpieces, all coordinated according to the seven sections the band is presenting.’
    crown, coronet, tiara, circlet, chaplet, headpiece, headband, fillet, wreath, garland
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  • 2An illustration or ornamental motif printed at the head of a chapter in a book.

    ‘he provided twenty headpieces, plus eight full-page illustrations’
  • 3The part of a halter or bridle that fits over the top of a horse's head behind the ears.