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  1. the enlarged top of a nail, usually flattened but sometimes rounded.
  2. an ornament that suggests or resembles the enlarged top of a nail.
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Origin of nailhead

First recorded in 1675–85; nail + head
Related formsnail-head·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for nailhead

Historical Examples

  • In the above-mentioned wall is an Early English doorway, with a dripstone adorned with the nailhead moulding.

    Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Ripon

    Cecil Walter Charles Hallett

  • All the string-courses, it will be noticed, are enriched with the nailhead moulding.

  • Marglobe is a midseason variety, with large vine and foliage, resistant to fusarium and nailhead spot.

    The Tomato

    Paul Work

  • It takes a keen eye to see a fly or a nailhead at fifty yards—one hundred and fifty feet.

    Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offences

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Just at the point of junction in the nailhead was a small convent garden, all scarlet, pink, white and dazzling emerald green.

British Dictionary definitions for nailhead


  1. a decorative device, as on tooled leather, resembling the round head of a nail
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