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

Examples of headquarters in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most recently, Universal Music Group launched a headquarters in Southeast Asia, a move comprising the launch of satellite labels Def Jam (for hip-hop) and Astralwerks (for dance/electronic) in the region. John Ochoa, Billboard, "Spinnin' Records Launches Asia-Centric Label, Spinnin' Records Asia: Exclusive," 19 Nov. 2019 Air travelers could see even more flight options and other benefits after Spirit Airlines and Silver Airways decided to build new headquarters in Broward County, aviation officials say. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "How airlines are planning more perks for Fort Lauderdale fliers," 15 Nov. 2019 Outcome offered employee buyouts and called off plans to move to a huge new Chicago headquarters. Ally Marotti, chicagotribune.com, "SEC sues former Outcome Health executive for alleged fraud. ‘Unfortunately, the narrative Outcome spun for prospective investors was a sham.’," 14 Nov. 2019 In London, meanwhile, Bloomberg’s new headquarters incorporates a Roman temple, which is open to the public. The Economist, "Some building works threaten Turkish antiquities. Others save them," 14 Nov. 2019 The announcement in 2017 that Amazon intended to build a new headquarters sparked a scramble among states and city governments to distinguish themselves in the eyes of the online retailer. Koby Levin, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit schools racing to the digital future: ‘I want them to make the video games'," 11 Nov. 2019 MillerCoors, in turn, is owned by Molson Coors, which has a joint headquarters in Denver and Montreal. Tom Daykin, USA TODAY, "Brewing titan Molson Coors undergoes name change, looks to cut up to 500 jobs," 30 Oct. 2019 The Institut du Physique de Globe du Paris will serve as a new headquarters. National Geographic, "Earth's rocks can absorb a shocking amount of carbon: here’s how," 24 Oct. 2019 The campaign has a headquarters and activation on Canal Street in New York City, with product and campaign merchandise giveaways, and events that are open to the public. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Flamingo Launches New Vagina-First Skin Care Product And Campaign," 22 Oct. 2019

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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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“Headquarters.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headquarters. Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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
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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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