[ pit-hed ]
/ ˈpɪtˌhɛd /


a mine entrance and the surrounding area.

Origin of pithead

First recorded in 1830–40; pit1 + head
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Examples from the Web for pithead

  • A group of dark figures stood on the pithead, waiting their turn to go below.

    The Underworld|James C. Welsh
  • "I dinna like the idea o' lasses gaun to work on the pithead," he said simply.

    The Underworld|James C. Welsh
  • English coal, which in 1912 cost about nine shillings a ton at pithead, costs considerably more than thirty shillings today.

    An African Adventure|Isaac F. Marcosson

British Dictionary definitions for pithead

/ (ˈpɪtˌhɛd) /


the top of a mine shaft and the buildings, hoisting gear, etc, situated around it
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