Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A protective covering for the head.
  • n. A set of headphones; a headset.
  • n. See headstall.
  • n. An ornamental design, especially at the top of a page.
  • n. The seat of intelligence; brains.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The head; the brain.
  • n. Something covering the head.
  • n. Protecting cover for the head; a helmet.
  • n. A headset.
  • n. A headstall.
  • n. A decorative page heading.
  • n. The top piece or part of various things.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Head.
  • n. A cap of defense; especially, an open one, as distinguished from the closed helmet of the Middle Ages.
  • n. Understanding; mental faculty.
  • n. An engraved ornament at the head of a chapter, or of a page.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A helmet; specifically, an open helmet such as was worn after the abandonment of the armet; also, a hat; head-gear. See morion, cabasset, burganet.
  • n. The head; especially, the head as the seat of the understanding; hence, intelligence; judgment.
  • n. A decorative engraving placed at the top of the first page of a book, or at the beginning of a chapter, etc.; a head-band.
  • n. The figurehead, scroll-piece, or fiddle-head under a vessel's bowsprit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a protective helmet for the head
  • n. the band that is the part of a bridle that fits around a horse's head

Etymologies

head +‎ piece (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The operator of this fine headpiece is a little hamster who tells me he is my conscience, but he doesn't bother me such since he only squeaks L33T.

    Archive 2010-01-01

  • The headpiece was a gauge with eyeholes at “110” and “120.”

    Some Assembly Required

  • His headpiece was a plain morion, dented and battered.

    The Hour of the Dragon

  • Bare-headed the combatants engaged, and the headpiece was the chief point of attack.

    Farina

  • A triangular shield hung at his back, and his headpiece was a simple peaked helmet of iron, with a prolongation in front that guarded his nose.

    Erling the Bold

  • The headpiece is a trip, I have a fake pheasant attached whose name is Butch.

    Firedoglake

  • [2.4] The term "headpiece" is probably used here to mean the headboard of a bed.

    Inventory of Robert Carter's Estate, November [1733]

  • A man in a full firefighting suit approached and removed his headpiece.

    Mercy Kill

  • Kimberly walked down the steps of the castle in the gown she had picked out, but with a few key accessories: a custom vintage-lace headpiece and veil, multiple strands of pearls around her neck, sheer opera-length gloves, and a rose bouquet accented with pearls and peacock feathers.

    My Fair Wedding

  • The intricate woven detail of the headpiece was visible through a translucent veil that draped to collarbone level in the front and hung longer in the back.

    Burial for a King

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