Definition of headband in US English:



  • 1A band of fabric worn around the head as a decoration or to keep the hair or perspiration off the face.

    • ‘After shoes, hats and headbands, we checked the tights.’
    • ‘She was slowly and carefully sliding the headband into her hair so that it would fluff up just the right amount in the back.’
    • ‘Models strutted the catwalk wearing patched trousers and men's shirts, turquoise headbands and striped jumpers, which combined to illustrate the girl's tomboy side.’
    • ‘Unable to find a hat, he took three souvenir towels that had been passed out to fans and fashioned them into a headband and ear muffs for the return walk to his car.’
    • ‘When I was playing, I had my hair long, a headband round my temple and my socks rolled around my ankles.’
    • ‘Richie still wears the sunglasses, headband and long hair of a late-seventies tennis pro.’
    • ‘His hair had been pushed back with an ornamental headband made of small white beads, fully revealing his ears.’
    • ‘Soak hair-care items like combs, barrettes, hair ties or bands, headbands, and brushes in rubbing alcohol or medicated shampoo for 1 hour.’
    • ‘I've known moms to be phobic of anything with an appliqué, certain colors, non-natural fibers, or frilly headbands.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, scarves, headbands, hats and handbags provide maximum impact with minimum yardage.’
    • ‘It was supposed to be a headband to keep the hair out of his face, but it didn't feel good against his head.’
    • ‘Today, Kevin is wearing his robes: a long, flowing white tunic, a shawl and a headdress with a yellow headband.’
    • ‘This looks extra cool when you match the color of the headband to your hair.’
    • ‘If you're not keen on winter hats, you can always buy a nice headband.’
    • ‘These guys have a seriously great sense of style and I'm not just talking about their shiny shirts and headbands either.’
    • ‘It is especially useful if you are always in a hurry, because the headband ensures that none of your own hair is visible.’
    • ‘It looked as if she had used it as a headband to keep her hair out of her face, and believe me, that was a job in itself.’
    • ‘Another lady who sat near me had done something unusual with her hair using a headband.’
    • ‘He stripped off his headband and ran a hand through his blonde hair.’
    • ‘Another trick she suggests is to wear a fabric headband while working out to hold loose pieces of your hair back. as well as soak up the sweat.’
    crown, coronet, tiara, circlet, chaplet, headpiece, fillet, wreath, garland
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  • 2An ornamental strip of colored silk fastened to the top of the spine of a book.

    • ‘Or they will hook their finger on the headband of the book and drag it out.’
    festoon, lei, wreath, chain, loop, ring, circle, swathe, swag
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