head·​quar·​ters | \ ˈhed-ˌkwȯ(r)-tərz How to pronounce headquarters (audio) , -ˌkȯr-, (ˈ)hed-ˈkwȯ(r), -ˈkȯr- \
plural in form but singular or plural in construction

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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Examples of headquarters in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The group organized a march outside of the company's headquarters Tuesday to coincide with the investor event. Danielle Wiener-bronner, CNN, 14 Sep. 2022 Activists also dropped off a coffin filled with dirt and animal manure in front of APD headquarters at the time. Jon Brown, Fox News, 13 Sep. 2022 Today, Sedona Police Department employees are required to live within 45 miles or a 90-minute drive of headquarters, and the fire district just recently amended its rules ahead of filling this position. Lacey Latch, The Arizona Republic, 8 Sep. 2022 The many bells and whistles of the new headquarters are meant to attract prospective employees and keep existing ones. Aman Kidwai, Fortune, 7 Sep. 2022 On the front gate of the Kalinouski Warsaw headquarters is a sign with a phone number, in case volunteers show up when no one is around. Anne Applebaum, The Atlantic, 7 Sep. 2022 Thurmond said another strategy is building up the Real Time Crime Center, a $3 million system which features all-seeing live technology nestled in a hub on the fourth floor of police headquarters. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 6 Sep. 2022 There is much to show within the 92 acres of ITC’s headquarters, with 62 acres actively managed for wildlife. Aida Dennis, Detroit Free Press, 5 Sep. 2022 The resort will be to the south of the Rockin R’ River Rides headquarters on Gruene Road and is being established by the company’s new and former owners. Megan Rodriguez, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of headquarters

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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17 Sep 2022

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“Headquarters.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headquarters. Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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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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