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1. A covering, such as a hat or helmet, for the head.
2. An orthodontic brace extending around the head from one side of the mouth to the other, used to reposition the teeth or to restrict the growth of the upper jaw.
3. The part of a harness that fits about a horse's head.
4. The rigging for hauling or lifting located at the head of a mine shaft.
5. Nautical The rigging on the forward sails of a craft.


1. (Clothing & Fashion) any head covering, esp a hat
2. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) any part of a horse's harness that is worn on the head
3. (Mining & Quarrying) the hoisting mechanism at the pithead of a mine



1. a covering for the head, as a hat.
2. a protective covering for the head, as a steel helmet.
3. the parts of a harness about the animal's head.
4. an orthodontic device worn on the head and attached to braces in the mouth, for exerting backward tension.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.headgear - clothing for the headheadgear - clothing for the head    
cap - a tight-fitting headdress
article of clothing, clothing, habiliment, wearable, vesture, wear - a covering designed to be worn on a person's body
chapeau, hat, lid - headdress that protects the head from bad weather; has shaped crown and usually a brim
helmet - a protective headgear made of hard material to resist blows
hood - a headdress that protects the head and face
jeweled headdress, jewelled headdress - a headdress adorned with jewels
kaffiyeh - an Arab headdress consisting of a square piece of cloth folded into a triangle and fastened over the crown by an agal
miter, mitre - a liturgical headdress worn by bishops on formal occasions
topknot - headdress consisting of a decorative ribbon or bow worn in the hair
turban - a traditional Muslim headdress consisting of a long scarf wrapped around the head
wimple - headdress of cloth; worn over the head and around the neck and ears by medieval women
2.headgear - the hoist at the pithead of a mine
hoist - lifting device for raising heavy or cumbersome objects
3.headgear - stable gear consisting of any part of a harness that fits about the horse's head
bridle - headgear for a horse; includes a headstall and bit and reins to give the rider or driver control
hackamore, halter - rope or canvas headgear for a horse, with a rope for leading
harness - stable gear consisting of an arrangement of leather straps fitted to a draft animal so that it can be attached to and pull a cart
saddlery, stable gear, tack - gear for a horse
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[ˈhedgɪəʳ] N (gen) → tocado m; (= hat) → sombrero m; (= cap) → gorra f; (= helmet) → casco m
workers must wear protective headgearlos trabajadores deben llevar casco


head gear [ˈhɛdgɪər] n (= hat) → chapeau m
protective head gear (= helmets) → casques mhead girl n (British) élève de terminale assumant diverses responsabilitéshead height nhauteur f d'homme
at head height → à hauteur d'homme


[ˈhɛdˌgɪəʳ] n (hat) → copricapo


(hed) noun
1. the top part of the human body, containing the eyes, mouth, brain etc; the same part of an animal's body. The stone hit him on the head; He scratched his head in amazement.
2. a person's mind. An idea came into my head last night.
3. the height or length of a head. The horse won by a head.
4. the chief or most important person (of an organization, country etc). Kings and presidents are heads of state; (also adjective) a head waiter; the head office.
5. anything that is like a head in shape or position. the head of a pin; The boy knocked the heads off the flowers.
6. the place where a river, lake etc begins. the head of the Nile.
7. the top, or the top part, of anything. Write your address at the head of the paper; the head of the table.
8. the front part. He walked at the head of the procession.
9. a particular ability or tolerance. He has no head for heights; She has a good head for figures.
10. a headmaster or headmistress. You'd better ask the Head.
11. (for) one person. This dinner costs $10 a head.
12. a headland. Beachy Head.
13. the foam on the top of a glass of beer etc.
1. to go at the front of or at the top of (something). The procession was headed by the band; Whose name headed the list?
2. to be in charge of; to be the leader of. He heads a team of scientists investigating cancer.
3. (often with for) to (cause to) move in a certain direction. The explorers headed south; The boys headed for home; You're heading for disaster!
4. to put or write something at the beginning of. His report was headed `Ways of Preventing Industrial Accidents'.
5. (in football) to hit the ball with the head. He headed the ball into the goal.
having (a certain number or type of) head(s). a two-headed monster; a bald-headed man.
ˈheader noun
1. a fall or dive forwards. He slipped and took a header into the mud.
2. (in football) the act of hitting the ball with the head. He scored with a great header.
ˈheading noun
what is written at the top of a page etc. The teacher said that essays must have a proper heading.
heads noun, adverb
(on) the side of a coin with the head of a king, president etc on it. He tossed the penny and it came down heads.
ˈheadache noun
1. a pain in the head. Bright lights give me a headache.
2. something worrying. Lack of money is a real headache.
ˈheadband noun
a strip of material worn round the head to keep one's hair off one's face.
ˈhead-dress noun
something, usually ornamental, which is worn on, and covers, the head. The tribesmen were wearing head-dresses of fur and feathers.
ˌheadˈfirst adverb
with one's head in front or bent forward. He fell headfirst into a pool of water.
ˈheadgear noun
anything that is worn on the head. Hats, caps and helmets are headgear.
ˈheadlamp noun
a headlight.
ˈheadland noun
a point of land which sticks out into the sea.
ˈheadlight noun
a powerful light at or on the front of a car, lorry, train, ship, aeroplane etc. As it was getting dark, the driver switched on his headlights.
ˈheadline noun
the words written in large letters at the top of newspaper articles. I never read a paper in detail – I just glance at the headlines.
ˈheadlines noun plural
a brief statement of the most important items of news, on television or radio. the news headlines.
ˈheadlong adjective, adverb
1. moving forwards or downwards, with one's head in front. a headlong dive into the pool of water; He fell headlong into a pool of water.
2. (done) without thought or delay, often foolishly. a headlong rush; He rushes headlong into disaster.
head louse
a type of louse that infests the human head.
headˈmasterfeminine headˈmistress noun
the person in charge of a school; the principal.
ˌhead-ˈon adverb, adjective
(usually of cars etc) with the front of one car etc hitting the front of another car etc. a head-on collision; The two cars crashed head-on.
ˈheadphones noun plural
(also ˈearphones) a pair of electronic instruments held over a person's ears, by a metal band over the head, which are connected to a radio. a set of headphones.
ˌheadˈquarters noun singular or plural
(often abbreviated to HQ (eitʃˈkjuː) noun) the place from which the chief officers or leaders of an organization (especially an army) direct and control the activities of that organization. During the election, his house was used as the campaign headquarters.
ˈheadrest noun
a sort of small cushion which supports a person's head, eg as fitted to a dentist's chair, a car seat.
ˈheadscarf, ˈheadsquare nouns
a usually square scarf worn by women over or round the head.
ˈheadstone noun
a stone put at a grave, usually with the name of the dead person on it, the date of his birth and death etc.
ˈheadstrong adjective
(of people) difficult to persuade or control; always doing or wanting to do what they themselves want. a headstrong, obstinate child.
ˈheadwind noun
a wind which is blowing towards one.
above someone's head
too difficult (for someone) to understand. His lecture was well above their heads.
go to someone's head
1. (of alcohol) to make someone slightly drunk. Champagne always goes to my head.
2. (of praise, success etc) to make someone arrogant, foolish etc. Don't let success go to your head.
head off
1. to make (a person, animal etc) change direction. One group of the soldiers rode across the valley to head the bandits off.
2. to go in some direction. He headed off towards the river.
head over heels
1. completely. He fell head over heels in love.
2. turning over completely; headfirst. He fell head over heels into a pond.
heads or tails?
used when tossing a coin, eg to decide which of two people does, gets etc something. Heads or tails? Heads you do the dishes, tails I do them.
keep one's head
to remain calm and sensible in a crisis etc.
lose one's head
to become angry or excited, or to act foolishly in a crisis.
make head or tail of
to understand. I can't make head or tail of these instructions.
make headway
to make progress. We're not making much headway with this new scheme.
off one's head
mad. You must be off your head to work for nothing.
References in classic literature ?
They had silks, and satins, and damasks, and brocades, and high head-dresses, and all sorts of fine things.
The two caps, reflected on the window-blind, were the respective head-dresses of a couple of Mrs.
In order to facilitate the children's studies, he presented them with an engraved geography which represented various scenes of the world; cannibals with feather head-dresses, a gorilla kidnapping a young girl, Arabs in the desert, a whale being harpooned, etc.
But Gerry's favourite thing about Swan Lake are the head-dresses.
A free workshop will be held where families can create head-dresses or costume accessories to wear in the community carnival on Saturday, August 6.
"On previous rides, riders wore shorts, bras, swimwear, body paint, head-dresses, wigs, sunglasses etc.
Outside it may look like an ordinary white-brick warehouse but inside is literally an Aladdin's cave of bejewelled costumes in every colour of the rainbow, ornamental fabrics and glittering head-dresses, amid several sewing machines and reams of fabric.
The children learnt South American dance, Samba drumming and made their own colourful carnival head-dresses and masks.
The 44-year-old American actress, who wore hotpant, a fishnet top, bright orange heels and chunky gold jewellery, twerked with dancers, who sported carnival-style feather head-dresses, sparkling thongs and jeweled bikini tops, at the 'We Are One' video shoot, the Daily Star reported.
The celebration included traditional dancers in vibrant costumes and head-dresses; a re-enactment of Our Lady's appearance to Diego; and a living rosary formed by dozens of people, many carrying open umbrellas representing beads.
Highlights among the finds include 21 red deer stag skull caps that may have been head-dresses and nearly 200 harpoon points made of red deer antler.