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  1. a rest or support of any kind for the head.
  2. 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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Related Words for headrest

padding, cushion, buffer, headrest, mat, bolster, hassock, fender, rest, seat, sham, beanbag, squab, bumper, woolsack

Examples from the Web for headrest

Historical Examples of headrest

  • Feather pillows and beds took the place of straw pallets with a log of wood for a headrest.

    Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10)

    Burleigh James Bartlett

  • Eugene put his hand on ol man Dorts forehead an pushed him back into the headrest.

    Friar Tuck

    Robert Alexander Wason

  • He was hurled back against the headrest with a force that filled his head with winking stars.

    Dave Dawson at Casablanca

    Robert Sydney Bowen

  • He sat down in his chair, laid his head back in the headrest and pulled the helmet down over his forehead.

British Dictionary definitions for headrest


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