[ hed-rest ]
/ ˈhɛdˌrɛst /


a rest or support of any kind for the head.
Also called head restraint. a padded part at the top of the back of a seat, especially in an automobile, to protect one's head against whiplash in a collision.

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Origin of headrest

First recorded in 1850–55; head + rest1

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British Dictionary definitions for head restraint

head restraint


an adjustable support for the head, attached to a car seat, to prevent the neck from being jolted backwards sharply in the event of a crash or sudden stop


/ (ˈhɛdˌrɛst) /


a support for the head, as on a dentist's chair or car seat
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