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[hed-pees] /ˈhɛdˌpis/
a piece of armor for the head; helmet.
any covering for the head.
a headset.
the head as the seat of the intellect; judgment.
the top piece or part of any of various things.
Printing. a decorative piece at the head of a page, chapter, etc.
Origin of headpiece
First recorded in 1520-30; head + piece Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Armed as he was with corselet, cuissarts, and headpiece, he sank to trouble them no more.

    Captain Blood Rafael Sabatini
  • Now, missy, what had you to do with Captain Mosca's headpiece?

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • He snapped on the headpiece, then hesitated at the edge of the deck, looking down.

    The Star Hyacinths James H. Schmitz
  • We have got money and stock, and you have got headpiece; we might do very well together.

    A Simpleton Charles Reade
  • In some ways I hate to part with that headpiece more than I do with Mother.

    The Night of the Long Knives Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • They were as respectable a lot of ruffians in leather and headpiece as one could pick.

    The Mercenary W. J. Eccott
  • The headpiece universally worn at this time was the heaulme or helm.

    Spanish Arms and Armour Albert F. Calvert
  • The bed was of dark wood and the headpiece had a carved bird on it.

    Joan of the Journal Helen Diehl Olds
  • But they form part of the headpiece itself: they do not surmount it.

  • I will cure your hacking cough, when I chop your headpiece off!

British Dictionary definitions for headpiece


(printing) a decorative band at the top of a page, chapter, etc
any covering for the head, esp a helmet
(archaic) the intellect
a less common word for crownpiece (sense 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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