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
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Examples from the Web for headgear

Contemporary Examples of headgear

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



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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