head·​quar·​ters | \ ˈhed-ˌkwȯ(r)-tərz How to pronounce headquarters (audio) , -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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Despite fierce heat and humidity, people remain unfailingly patient—waiting for hours before moving along the well-trodden path from Victoria Park to government headquarters, because of the sheer size of the crowd. Christine Loh, Time, "Hong Kong Needs a Deep Dialogue of Reconciliation In Order to Move Forward," 5 July 2019 The officer, identified as Marni Washington in court records, turned herself in at 3:30 a.m. Wednesday to Area North police headquarters on a warrant, police said. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago cop assigned to Lightfoot’s security detail charged in domestic incident," 3 July 2019 Hundreds of fans mailed copies to Chrysler headquarters hoping Iacocca would autograph the volumes. Charlotte W. Craig, Detroit Free Press, "Lee Iacocca dies: Father of Mustang, rescuer of Chrysler was 94," 2 July 2019 McNamara brought Iacocca to the headquarters in Dearborn, Mich. McNamara, headed for bigger things himself, was pivotal to Iacocca's rapid advancement. Donald Woutat, latimes.com, "Lee Iacocca, father of the Ford Mustang who later rescued Chrysler, dies at 94," 2 July 2019 The negative reaction to the original run of New Coke included boycotts, letter-writing campaigns and thousands of calls to Coca-Cola headquarters in Atlanta. Cicero Estrella, The Mercury News, "New Coke finds success — finally! — with ‘Stranger Things 3’," 2 July 2019 The review found that the notifications were sent by mail to the Haymarket RMV office, then couriered to the Quincy RMV headquarters for processing. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "In wake of deadly crash, Mass. suspends 630 licenses," 1 July 2019 Hunter rented an apartment close to his father’s campaign headquarters, and also got a job as a lawyer with MBNA America, a banking holding company based in Delaware, which was one of the largest donors to his father’s campaigns. Adam Entous, The New Yorker, "Will Hunter Biden Jeopardize His Father’s Campaign?," 1 July 2019 Expedia's decision to exclude dogs from its soon-to-open headquarters on Seattle's waterfront poses challenges for employees with pets, particularly those who live near the current campus in the nearby city of Bellevue. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "Alexa, how many dogs come to work at Amazon Seattle? 7,000," 30 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce headquarters (audio) \

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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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