ar·​row·​head ˈer-ō-ˌhed How to pronounce arrowhead (audio)
: a wedge-shaped piercing tip usually fixed to an arrow
: something resembling an arrowhead
: any of a genus (Sagittaria) of marsh or aquatic plants of the water-plantain family with leaves shaped like arrowheads

Illustration of arrowhead

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Examples of arrowhead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But that was Dan—and all of us kids looked hard just the same: for the arrowheads, for the Lenape coins, for the hidden chest of John Ringo’s gold. Martha McPhee, Vogue, 8 Sep. 2023 The young Ben Ami was fascinated by the history visible in the landscape around his kibbutz, the arrowheads and obscure ruins amid the banana trees. Matti Friedman, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 June 2023 The arrowhead also had a low concentration of aluminum-26 indicating that the sample comes from the interior of a meteorite, which originally had a mass of at least two tons. Saman Shafiq, USA TODAY, 7 Aug. 2023 After some analysis, the authors found that the arrowhead itself was made up of 8.3 percent nickel, twice as much as the Twannberg meteorite holds. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, 3 Aug. 2023 Ferns, shrimp plants, arrowhead vine, and 'Aquamarine' pilea spill over the outer planters. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 14 June 2023 The tiny experimental points were used as arrowheads and shot by bow or atlatl, and the resulting fractures were compared with the scars found on the archeological material. Laure Metz, Discover Magazine, 15 Mar. 2023 Over the last 11,500 years or so, the stone has been fashioned into deadly knives, razor-sharp spear points, darts for atlatls, or spear-throwers, and arrowheads. Jim Robbins, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2023 The red, gold and white threads are clean and crisp all the way to the interlocking K and C within the arrowhead logo. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English arowe-heed, from arowe arrow entry 1 + heed head entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of arrowhead was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Arrowhead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


ar·​row·​head -ˌhed How to pronounce arrowhead (audio)
: the wedge-shaped striking end of an arrow
: something (as a mark) resembling an arrowhead

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