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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Just this past week, Prince William delivered a searing speech at the BBC headquarters, demanding that tech companies take responsibility for the impact of their platforms. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Recycles a Burgundy Skirted Suit By Paule Ka to Visit University College London," 21 Nov. 2018 In the past, Google has also done a separate announcement of a name reveal and a new statue at Google headquarters before the release, but this year everything is coming out at once. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Google finalizes Android P as Android 9 “Pie,” launching today," 6 Aug. 2018 The kits are available 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Red Cross headquarters at 3950 Calle Fortunada, San Diego; (858) 309-1200 or sdarc.org. Cliff Kapono, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Getting around San Diego during a disaster," 8 July 2018 But that's exactly what everyone at Colts headquarters is saying. Stephen Holder, USA TODAY, "Colts training camp questions: Can Andrew Luck, Frank Reich spark young team?," 6 July 2018 The film won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival this year and has taken home awards from festivals in Miami, Mill Valley, Stockholm, and São Paulo among others, and this week it’s being screened at the United Nation headquarters in New York. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "The Stunning Capernaum Tells a Gripping Tale of Refugees in Lebanon," 13 Dec. 2018 CraftSanity makes creating a merino wool infinity scarf seem like a cinch in this tutorial taken at the Becozi headquarters in Holland, Michigan. Madison Alcedo, Country Living, "5 Easy DIY Tutorials for That Viral Chunky Knit Blanket," 12 Dec. 2018 An Indonesian team is also traveling to Boeing’s headquarters in the U.S. to speak to designers of the brand-new 737 MAX, a variant of the popular single-aisle workhorse that entered commercial service in 2017. Barbara S. Peterson, Popular Mechanics, "Lion Air 610 Had the Same Problem Four Flights in a Row Before It Crashed," 5 Nov. 2018 The native Swede had just finished a 5-month internship with her country’s diplomatic office near the UN headquarters in Manhattan, darting between debates on migration and ocean plastic. Mejs Hasan, WIRED, "The Ultimate Carbon-Saving Tip? Travel by Cargo Ship," 12 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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