[ hed-stawl ]
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  1. that part of a bridle or halter that encompasses the head of an animal.

Origin of headstall

First recorded in 1425–75, headstall is from the late Middle English word hedstall.See head, stall1

Words Nearby headstall

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How to use headstall in a sentence

  • It must have been the headstall which, dragging along the bottom, had so opportunely anchored him.

    The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley | Bertram Mitford
  • An example of the headstall worn by an Ass belonging to a wealthy man may be seen in the illustration.

    Bible Animals; | J. G. Wood
  • He is seated on a milkwhite horse with long flowing crimson tail, richly caparisoned, with golden headstall.

    Ulysses | James Joyce
  • The reins and headstall were of crimson silk, covered with chains of silver gilt.

  • Of silver also were his heavy spurs, the pommel of his saddle, his stirrups, and the headstall of his bridle.

    The Purple Land | W. H. Hudson

British Dictionary definitions for headstall


/ (ˈhɛdˌstɔːl) /

  1. another word (esp US) for head collar

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