Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[hed-geer] /ˈhɛdˌgɪər/
any covering for the head, especially a hat, cap, bonnet, etc.
a protective covering for the head, as a steel helmet or football helmet.
the parts of a harness about the animal's head.
Orthodontics Informal. a device worn on the head and attached by wires and elastic bands to braces in the mouth, used to create backward tension in the process of repositioning protruding teeth.
Mining. a headframe and its machinery.
Origin of headgear
First recorded in 1530-40; head + gear Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for headgear
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Manners and customs change no less quickly than headgear and skirts.

    In the Heart of Vosges Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • They stopped a few yards from a pit shaft with its headgear and wheel.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine
  • On his head he wore a sort of headgear, bound round and closed at the top.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • "Thank you, sir," replied one of the men, touching the brim of his headgear.

  • That the chief form of headgear among the Swiss is the Alpine hat.

    The American Credo George Jean Nathan
  • An indispensable form of headgear for the traveller in Africa.

    Tartarin de Tarascon Alphonse Daudet
British Dictionary definitions for headgear


any head covering, esp a hat
any part of a horse's harness that is worn on the head
the hoisting mechanism at the pithead of a mine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for headgear

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for headgear

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for headgear