[hed-seyl; Nautical hed-suh l]

noun Nautical.

any of various jibs or staysails set forward of the foremost mast of a vessel.
any sail set on a foremast, especially on a vessel having three or more masts.

Origin of headsail

First recorded in 1620–30; head + sail
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any sail set forward of the foremast
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