bridge·​head ˈbrij-ˌhed How to pronounce bridgehead (audio)
: a fortification protecting the end of a bridge nearest an enemy
: an area around the end of a bridge
: an advanced position seized in hostile territory

Examples of bridgehead in a Sentence

established a bridgehead on the beach before beginning the land invasion
Recent Examples on the Web Over the past month, Ukrainian marines appear to have successfully established a modest bridgehead, securing positions on the east bank along the settlement of Krynky. Serhii Korolchuk, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2023 There is no indication Ukraine has established a secure bridgehead, and some military analysts are skeptical that Kyiv would undertake such an effort. Marc Santora, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2023 The British military intelligence agency said that the Ukrainians have managed to hold a small bridgehead across the river since early June. Marc Santora, New York Times, 11 Sep. 2023 The Sherman’s finest hour came during the breakout from the Normandy bridgehead in July 1944. Popular Mechanics, 17 Aug. 2023 By the end of June, Ukraine’s 3rd Assault Brigade eliminated a Russian bridgehead on the western bank of the Siverskyi-Donets-Donbas canal, its commander reported on Telegram. Serhii Korolchuk, Washington Post, 9 July 2023 Chinese pioneers Zhejiang Geely Holding Group’s Polestar, SAIC’s MG and BYD, are have already established bridgeheads in Europe. Neil Winton, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2023 Still, the Russians had their bridgehead. Isabelle Khurshudyan, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2022 The Ukrainian 35th Marine Brigade, marching south from its bridgehead on the left bank of the Inhulets River, has been trying to hasten the Russian retreat—and potentially encircle any Russian stragglers. David Axe, Forbes, 10 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of bridgehead was in 1801

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“Bridgehead.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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bridge·​head ˈbrij-ˌhed How to pronounce bridgehead (audio)
: a position seized in enemy territory as a place to begin a further advance
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