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headgear

[ hed-geer ]
/ ˈhɛdˌgɪər /
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noun

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.

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Origin of headgear

First recorded in 1530–40; head + gear
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British Dictionary definitions for headgear

headgear
/ (ˈhɛdˌɡɪə) /

noun

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
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