[hed-bawrd, -bohrd]
a board forming the head of anything, especially of a bed.

1720–30; head + board

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headboard (ˈhɛdˌbɔːd)
a vertical board or terminal at the head of a bed

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Example sentences
Lift up the bedsheets and look at mattress corners and around the headboard
They are often found between the headboard and a wall as well.
Sally propped her pillow against the headboard and lit another cigarette.
The painted headboard is gone and stuff's waiting to be hung on the wall.
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