head·​quar·​ters ˈhed-ˌkwȯ(r)-tərz How to pronounce headquarters (audio)
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: a place from which a commander performs the functions of command
: the administrative center of an enterprise

Examples of headquarters in a Sentence

the headquarters of the newly established United States government was in New York City, the nation's first capital the scout went straight to the large tent in the center of the camp, correctly assuming that it served as the division's headquarters
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Word History

First Known Use

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of headquarters was in 1622

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“Headquarters.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headquarters. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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singular or plural noun
head·​quar·​ters ˈhed-ˌkwȯ(r)t-ərz How to pronounce headquarters (audio)
: a place from which a commander exercises command
: the governing and directing center of an organization

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