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[hed-bawrd, -bohrd] /ˈhɛdˌbɔrd, -ˌboʊrd/
a board forming the head of anything, especially of a bed.
Origin of headboard
First recorded in 1720-30; head + board Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He beat his hand against the headboard of the bed, his mental agony was so great, and kept murmuring to himself.

    Gabriel Tolliver Joel Chandler Harris
  • We climbed its headboard like a mast, and looked for pirates on the sea.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • A candle was burning behind the headboard on a table, and another on a commode near the door.

    Honoré de Balzac Albert Keim and Louis Lumet
  • Perhaps it was merely a pocket of leather or canvas, that hung behind the headboard of his own bed.

    Patty's Friends Carolyn Wells
  • They have thus identified 1,500 altogether and where a cross had already been put up the headboard was changed.

    A Jewish Chaplain in France Lee J. Levinger
  • There is no sign of American interference, save where a headboard has been torn from a grave to be a mark for pistol bullets.

    Across the Plains Robert Louis Stevenson
  • This carved oak chimney-piece is, I have reason to believe, the headboard of some magnificent, ancient bed.

    Patty's Friends Carolyn Wells
  • A headboard was placed on the grave in every instance, giving as nearly as possible age and accurate description.

  • It is said he never retired at night without first loading his pistols and swinging them over the headboard of his bed.

  • Not a headboard, not an inscription, indicated who were the tenants of that little lonely field.

British Dictionary definitions for headboard


a vertical board or terminal at the head of a bed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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