Definition of headstall in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhedˌstôl/


chiefly North American
1The part of a bridle or halter that fits around a horse’s head.
Example sentences
  • ‘Horses have to be weighed a minimum of 45 minutes before their race with no gear on but for a bridle or headstall,’ Leigh Jordan of Racing Victoria told us.
  • Biondello faithfully reports that the chief means of controlling the horse - the headstall, or bridle - having been ‘restrained to keep him from stumbling, hath been often burst and [is] now repaired with knots.’
  • If you think about it, the aggression of a young man who hasn't been mellowed by marriage is more familiar to most of us, these days, than the willfulness of a horse without a headstall.
2 another term for headpiece (sense 3).

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Syllabification: head·stall

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