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
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Examples from the Web for headpiece

Historical Examples of headpiece

  • 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

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 (def. 2)
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