• WordNet 3.6
    • n headpiece a protective helmet for the head
    • n headpiece the band that is the part of a bridle that fits around a horse's head
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Headpiece A cap of defense; especially, an open one, as distinguished from the closed helmet of the Middle Ages.
    • Headpiece An engraved ornament at the head of a chapter, or of a page.
    • Headpiece Head. "In his headpiece he felt a sore pain."
    • Headpiece Understanding; mental faculty. "Eumenes had the best headpiece of all Alexander's captains."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n headpiece 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 headpiece The head; especially, the head as the seat of the understanding; hence, intelligence; judgment.
    • n headpiece 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 headpiece The figurehead, scroll-piece, or fiddle-head under a vessel's bowsprit.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Headpiece a helmet: a hat: head, intelligence:
    • Headpiece (print.) a decorative engraving placed at the top of the first page of a volume, and at the beginning of books, chapters, &c
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. héafod, Dut. hoofd, Ger. haupt.


In literature:

In some ways I hate to part with that headpiece more than I do with Mother.
"The Night of the Long Knives" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
You always had a better headpiece than I.
"Slow and Sure" by Horatio Alger
The reeds were shattered, and the headpiece of Richard was broken.
"With Spurs of Gold" by Frances Nimmo Greene
The guide clapped on his shapeless headpiece and strutted off, a happy man.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
He has more headpiece than all the rest of the dogs put together.
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse
The headpiece is of similar construction.
"British Borneo" by W. H. Treacher
Ah, he was the man to have a headpiece, was Flint!
"Treasure Island" by Robert Louis Stevenson
You has to use your headpiece in that trade, I tell you.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
Within, soft rubber-faced cushions had interlocked; the body would fasten to the headpiece in the same way.
"The Finding of Haldgren" by Charles Willard Diffin
He has a good headpiece, and I may be able to instil into him more seemly notions of duty and virtue.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill

In poetry:

And pierced in the gullet their leader goes down!
And sinks with a curse on the plain;
And his squire falls dead! cut through headpiece and crown!
And his groom by a back stroke is slain.
"The Feud: A Border Ballad" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
Hawkins wasn't reckoned much at all in Dingo Flat.
We'd a notion that his headpiece was amiss.
But we wish to have it stated, he was rather underrated.
(That's why I'm standing here and telling this.)
"Hopeful Hawkins" by C J Dennis
Your tastes may be of simpler type; --
A homely glass of "half-and-half,"
An onion and a dish of tripe,
Or headpiece of the kindly calf.
(Cruel perhaps, but then, you know,
"'Faut tout souffrir pour etre veau!")
"Enough is as Good as a Feast" by Harry Graham

In news:

He's got a big, goofy grin and a funky headpiece, but one thing the Tokyu train line's newest mascot doesn't have is a name.
Miranda Lambert caught everyone's attention when she wore a Kate Middleton-inspired hat to the Kentucky Derby in May Now, the chic black headpiece can be yours.
Moments after the royal wedding, images of Princess Beatrice's spiraling Band-Aid-hued headpiece had gone viral.
At the Vogue Party, Courtney looked fairy-like in a demure, silk gown, wearing an interesting headpiece.
Anne Hathaway's Bridal Headpiece .
Tüll Bridal Blume Headpiece - €26.19: TITL.
Kim Kardashian's Diamond Headpiece : Love or Hate It.
Debi Guthery will wear this three-foot tall headpiece with ostrich plumes during the 'Dames' number in '42nd Street'.
Tlingit 'peace' headpiece now in Juneau museum.
Tüll Bridal Blume Headpiece - €26.19: TITL.
Carey Mulligan wears a Tiffany & Co. Headpiece in The Great Gatsby.
The bride wore a custom Valentino ballgown with off-the-shoulder sleeves, which she accessorized with a luxe headpiece.
Brides are instead choosing headpieces with feathers to compliment the smooth ruffles and other fabric on the gowns.
Just as with your wedding gown, you'll know which headpiece and veil style is "the one".
(Creators.com) — The most beautiful wedding gown in the world is made even more beautiful by the crowning touch of the perfect headpiece, veil or tiara.