Definition of headrest in US English:



  • A padded part extending from or fixed to the back of a seat or chair, designed to support the head.

    • ‘The vehicle also has a breakaway pedal assembly and the seats and headrests are designed to lessen the chances of whiplash injury.’
    • ‘These curvy white babies are rounded and pod-like, with padded red handles, blue headrests and orange seats.’
    • ‘So I recently arrived in the US for a prolonged stay and there was a TV in the headrest of the seat ahead of me on the flight over.’
    • ‘Jason slung an arm casually over the headrest of the bus chair.’
    • ‘East Lancashire rail passengers will arrive refreshed thanks to a blend of aromatherapy oils in their seat headrests.’
    • ‘Trying to calm myself, I unbuckled my seatbelt and turned to Eddie, one hand on the dashboard and one on the headrest of my seat.’
    • ‘They are very effective, simple to use and compatible with headrests and seats in cars, planes, buses and trains.’
    • ‘On the entertainment side, the luxury rear seat entertainment system allows occupants to play DVDs using screens mounted in the front seat headrests.’
    • ‘With the roof open, wind disturbance is reasonable and much reduced when the fabric windbreak is put in place between the seat headrests.’
    • ‘I stuck it on the headrest on the passenger seat, to keep me company.’
    • ‘I looked over to see his red head propped up on the headrest of the lounge chair.’
    • ‘I muttered out a thank you, and rode in silence, glaring holes into the headrest of Tomas's seat’
    • ‘In the headrest of the seat in front was a television.’
    • ‘I was staring out the windshield when I noticed his arm rising up in the air and slowly inching behind the headrest of my seat.’
    • ‘He reached over the headrest of the seat and pulled Reid's arms back, trying to restrain him.’
    • ‘It works as a proper estate, with rear seats whose headrests retract, whose cushions flip forward and whose backrests fold down in one continuous, interconnected movement.’
    • ‘There is also a glass draught panel between the seat headrests.’
    • ‘He once again ran his hands through his hair and leaned his head back on the headrest of his chair for a moment.’
    • ‘Another option is to design headrests that disappear when not needed.’
    • ‘It could be an entertaining one too with the optional TV screens built into the front headrests, enabling back seat passengers amuse themselves with DVDs or video games.’
    pillow, bolster
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