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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. 2018.
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  • She ran into her cabin and scrouged behind the headboard of a bed.

    Sundry Accounts

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • It was the headboard that had forced her struggle for composure.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • Maggard's coat and pistol-holster hung at the headboard of his bed.

    The Roof Tree Charles Neville Buck
  • Diana crawled up and got her back against the headboard of the bed.

    Anne Of Avonlea Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • We climbed its headboard like a mast, and looked for pirates on the sea.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • This I buried with him, and staked the grave with a headboard.

    The Mystery Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Perhaps it was merely a pocket of leather or canvas, that hung behind the headboard of his own bed.

    Patty's Friends Carolyn Wells
  • This carved oak chimney-piece is, I have reason to believe, the headboard of some magnificent, ancient bed.

    Patty's Friends Carolyn Wells
  • Striding toward the bedstead, he seized hold of the headboard and tried to move it out into the center of the room.

    Bats in the Wall P. T. Raymond
  • 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
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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