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  1. any covering for the head, especially a hat, cap, bonnet, etc.
  2. a protective covering for the head, as a steel helmet or football helmet.
  3. the parts of a harness about the animal's head.
  4. 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.
  5. Mining. a headframe and its machinery.

Origin of headgear

First recorded in 1530–40; head + gear
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Historical Examples of headgear

  • 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.

  • "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

British Dictionary definitions for headgear


  1. any head covering, esp a hat
  2. any part of a horse's harness that is worn on the head
  3. the hoisting mechanism at the pithead of a mine
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