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[hed-pees] /ˈhɛdˌpis/
a piece of armor for the head; helmet.
any covering for the head.
a headset.
the head as the seat of the intellect; judgment.
the top piece or part of any of various things.
Printing. a decorative piece at the head of a page, chapter, etc.
Origin of headpiece
1520-30; head + piece Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The bow-man pulled back the bolt of the door, and thrust out the headpiece at the end of the bow.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • He snapped on the headpiece, then hesitated at the edge of the deck, looking down.

    The Star Hyacinths James H. Schmitz
  • Despite the headpiece, I could hear the Professor talking to himself, manipulating dials and levers.

  • Armed as he was with corselet, cuissarts, and headpiece, he sank to trouble them no more.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • I have a headpiece, a skull, a brain of proof, I warrant ye.

  • In some ways I hate to part with that headpiece more than I do with Mother.

    The Night of the Long Knives Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • The plumes on the warrior's headpiece nodded in the wind, and the gems on sword-hilts and harness sparkled frostily.

    Queen of the Black Coast Robert E. Howard
  • They were as respectable a lot of ruffians in leather and headpiece as one could pick.

    The Mercenary W. J. Eccott
  • Further on we read, now the feathers you may peradventure find, but the headpiece for the most part is laid aside.

    Armour & Weapons Charles John Ffoulkes
  • But they form part of the headpiece itself: they do not surmount it.

British Dictionary definitions for headpiece


(printing) a decorative band at the top of a page, chapter, etc
any covering for the head, esp a helmet
(archaic) the intellect
a less common word for crownpiece (sense 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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