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[hed-band] /ˈhɛdˌbænd/
a band worn around the head; fillet.
Printing. a band for decorative effect at the head of a chapter or of a page in a book.
a band sewed or glued to the head or tail of the back of a book, or to both, often to protect and strengthen the binding but sometimes for decoration.
Compare tailband.
Origin of headband
1525-35; head + band2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for headband


a ribbon or band worn around the head
a narrow cloth band attached to the top of the spine of a book for protection or decoration
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for headband

1530s, from head (n.) + band (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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