[ hed-rest ]
/ ˈhɛdˌrɛst /


a rest or support of any kind for the head.
Also called head restraint. a padded part at the top of the back of a seat, especially in an automobile, to protect one's head against whiplash in a collision.

Origin of headrest

First recorded in 1850–55; head + rest1

Example sentences from the Web for headrest

  • He sat down in his chair, laid his head back in the headrest and pulled the helmet down over his forehead.

    The Game of Rat and Dragon |Cordwainer Smith
  • He was hurled back against the headrest with a force that filled his head with winking stars.

    Dave Dawson at Casablanca |Robert Sydney Bowen
  • Feather pillows and beds took the place of straw pallets with a log of wood for a headrest.

    Women of England, Volume 9 (of 10) |Burleigh James Bartlett
  • Eugene put his hand on ol man Dorts forehead an pushed him back into the headrest.

    Friar Tuck |Robert Alexander Wason

British Dictionary definitions for headrest

/ (ˈhɛdˌrɛst) /


a support for the head, as on a dentist's chair or car seat