Pronunciation: (hed'band"), [key]
1. a band worn around the head; fillet.
2. Print.a band for decorative effect at the head of a chapter or of a page in a book.
3. a band sewed or glued to the head or tail of the back of a book, or to both, often to protect and strengthen the binding but sometimes for decoration. Cf. tailband.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.