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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. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for head-bands
Historical Examples
  • "You haven't made the head-bands big enough, Pauline," said Dolly, as she tried an unfinished cap on her own curly head.

    Two Little Women Carolyn Wells
  • The specie has been sold, and manufactured into head-bands, breast-plates, or gorgets and bracelets.

  • Into the ship they set a great treasure-chest filled with beautiful clothes and bracelets and head-bands.

    Viking Tales Jennie Hall
  • In the Thompson River area the face and body were painted with several shades of red, head-bands being painted across the brows.

    The Archaeology of the Yakima Valley Harlan Ingersoll Smith
  • Her eyes shone underneath; an odour of patchouli escaped from her head-bands.

  • The zigzag is a common form of decoration of the head-bands among the Sioux.

    The Archaeology of the Yakima Valley Harlan Ingersoll Smith
  • And she gave a final touch to her head-bands, and left directions for Delphine.

    Sentimental Education Vol 1 Gustave Flaubert
  • If one has gone to the trouble of brightening the edges, one may desire to complete the restoration by renewing the head-bands.

  • As she was passing in front of the mirrors, Rosanette stopped for a moment to smooth her head-bands.

  • Porcupine quills were also used in embroidery and head-bands.

British Dictionary definitions for head-bands


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 head-bands



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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head-bands in the Bible

(Heb. kishshurim), properly girdles or belts for the waist (Isa. 3:20, R.V., "sashes;" Jer. 2:32, rendered "attire", i.e., a girdle round the waist).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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