head·​quar·​ters | \ˈhed-ˌkwȯ(r)-tərz, -ˌkȯr-, (ˈ)hed-ˈkwȯ(r), -ˈkȯr-\

Definition of headquarters 

1 : a place from which a commander performs the functions of command

2 : the administrative center of an enterprise

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The company has a more software-focused team at Uber's headquarters in San Francisco. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Report: Uber self-driving team was preparing for CEO demo before fatal crash," 20 Nov. 2018 The Baby Boutique, located at Wellspring’s headquarters in the Judkins Park neighborhood, offers clothes for kids from newborns through age 18, as well as diapers, car seats and other necessary supplies for families. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "The power of readers’ generosity: The Seattle Times kicks off latest Fund For the Needy," 19 Nov. 2018 This history is known to many at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., but mostly unknown outside of it. Casey Newton, The Verge, "One easy thing Facebook should do in Myanmar," 10 Nov. 2018 Yesterday in Montreal, Pilati staged a fashion show at the Ssense headquarters to formally introduce his latest project, Random Identities. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Stefano Pilati Returns to the Runway—No, Not in Milan, in Montreal," 8 Nov. 2018 The clashes followed a speech at the headquarters by the founder of a far-right group. Fox News, "Calls for civility after vandalism, violent clashes outside GOP headquarters in New York," 13 Oct. 2018 The comments came during a press conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, ahead of a conference of NATO defense ministers. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Did a U.S. Official Threaten an Attack on Russia?," 2 Oct. 2018 The princesses were at the UN headquarters to host a meeting about ending modern-day slavery across the world. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Duchess of York Posts Sweet Tribute to Her Daughters Ahead of Princess Eugenie's Wedding," 28 July 2018 Princess Eugenie looked stunning alongside her sister, Princess Beatrice, while speaking at the UN headquarters about ending modern-day slavery across the world. Kara Thompson, Town & Country, "Princess Eugenie Proves a Floral Dress Works at Royal Ascot and the UN," 27 July 2018

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First Known Use of headquarters

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of headquarters

: a place from which something (such as a business or a military action) is controlled or directed


noun plural
head·​quar·​ters | \ˈhed-ˌkwȯr-tərz \

Kids Definition of headquarters

: a place from which something is controlled or directed

Hint: Headquarters can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.
  • Company headquarters is in Chicago.
  • Where are the campaign headquarters?

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