beach·​head | \ ˈbēch-ˌhed How to pronounce beachhead (audio) \

Definition of beachhead

1 : an area on a hostile shore occupied to secure further landing of troops and supplies
2 : foothold

Examples of beachhead in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gaming was going to be the beachhead for mass public adoption. David Karpf, Wired, 27 July 2021 And Calvino had also established a beachhead of talented readers at the University of East Anglia (UEA), which has a commitment to contemporary literature. Star Tribune, 18 June 2021 David Zwirner, one of the highest profile dealers of blue-chip art, has plans to open up a beachhead on Walker Street. Max Lakin, New York Times, 15 June 2021 As dawn broke on November 21, Hawkins and his Marines returned to the dangerous mission of clearing the beachhead of Japanese Resistance. Eleanor Watson, CBS News, 31 May 2021 American medical experts were too slow to recommend masks or face coverings when the coronavirus established a beachhead in the winter of 2020. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, 24 May 2021 Since the Barack Obama years, Democrats have established a beachhead in several previously Republican-leaning Sun Belt states. Ronald Brownstein, CNN, 11 May 2021 In May of 1940, two weeks after Germany invaded Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands in World War II, Allied forces had retreated to the beachhead in the French coastal city. Jessica Dulong, CNN, 12 May 2021 The Tide to watch coming in strong on college basketball’s beachhead is Crimson. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of beachhead

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Aug 2021

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“Beachhead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of beachhead

: a beach on an enemy's shore that an invading army takes and controls in order to prepare for the arrival of more soldiers and supplies

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