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noun     head pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
  1. 1
    [countable] the top part of your body that has your brain, eyes, mouth etc in it

    a bruise on the side of her head

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  2. 2
    [countable] your mind and thoughts

    A thought suddenly came into my head.

    I don’t want to put any ideas into your head.

    in/inside your head:

    He did the sums quickly in his head.

    She did not speak the words, but instead whispered them inside her head.

  3. 3
    [countable] the leader or most important person in a group

    The ceremony was attended by heads of government from eleven countries.

    1. b.
      [only before noun] used for describing the most important person in a particular organization, group etc

      the head waiter

  4. 4
    [countable] the top or front part of something
    head of:

    We walked straight to the head of the queue.

    1. a.
      the end of a bed where you put your head
    2. b.
      the end of a table where the most important person sits
    3. c.
      the top part of a long thin object such as a nail, that is a different shape from or wider than the rest of it
  5. 5
    [countable] linguistics the most important word in a noun group, adjective group or verb group. For example in the noun group ‘a very silly mistake’, ‘mistake’ is the head, and in the adjective groupdeeply asleep’, ‘asleep’ is the head.
  6. 6
    [uncountable] the white bubbles on the top of a glass of beer
  7. 7
    [countable] the beginning of a river, where the water comes from
  8. 8
    [countable] the top of a drum
  9. 9
    [plural] used as a way of counting farm animals

    300 head of cattle

  10. 10
    [countable] the white centre of a spot on your skin
  11. 11


    [plural] the side of a coin that has a picture of a head on it. The other side is tails

    I’ll toss a coin. You choose heads or tails.

  12. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    want sb's head on a plate/platter if you want an individual's head on a plate you are annoyed with them and want them to endure a punishment

    The manager was antagonised by Ben and wanted his head on a plate.

    Submitted from Ireland on 08/07/2015
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