[ hed-rest ]
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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.

Origin of headrest

First recorded in 1850–55; head + rest1

Words Nearby headrest

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How to use headrest in a sentence

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

    The Game of Rat and Dragon | Cordwainer Smith
  • He stepped in and gripped the bat-shaped gearshift, adjusted the headstone-shaped headrest, and got rolling.

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

    Dave Dawson at Casablanca | Robert Sydney Bowen
  • Eugene put his hand on ol man Dorts forehead an pushed him back into the headrest.

    Friar Tuck | Robert Alexander Wason
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for headrest


/ (ˈhɛdˌrɛst) /

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

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