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[hed-geer] /ˈhɛdˌgɪər/
any covering for the head, especially a hat, cap, bonnet, etc.
a protective covering for the head, as a steel helmet or football helmet.
the parts of a harness about the animal's head.
Orthodontics Informal. a device worn on the head and attached by wires and elastic bands to braces in the mouth, used to create backward tension in the process of repositioning protruding teeth.
Mining. a headframe and its machinery.
Origin of headgear
1530-40; head + gear Unabridged
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  • headgear she had none, but her hair hung in rich profusion around her shoulders and far down her back.

    The Coming of the King James Hocking
  • They stopped a few yards from a pit shaft with its headgear and wheel.

    A Son of Hagar Sir Hall Caine
  • His smart blue bonnet, with sprig of holly and eagle's feather, was already recognised as the Scottish headgear.

    The World's Greatest Books, Vol VIII Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
  • On his head he wore a sort of headgear, bound round and closed at the top.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • There are his anchors, his headgear, his foremast, his station for manoeuvring when the captain is in charge.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • "Thank you, sir," replied one of the men, touching the brim of his headgear.

British Dictionary definitions for headgear


any head covering, esp a hat
any part of a horse's harness that is worn on the head
the hoisting mechanism at the pithead of a mine
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