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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Spirit Airlines has added 26,287 square feet to its corporate headquarters in Miramar, the company announced Tuesday. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Spirit Airlines expands Miramar headquarters," 10 July 2018 The company employs 15 people and is already outgrowing its North Austin headquarters. Adam Fisher, WIRED, "A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandora’s Box for DIY Guns," 10 July 2018 The Los Angeles City Council moved forward Tuesday with a construction and financing plan for a $708-million downtown office tower for city workers on the site of the Police Department’s former headquarters, Parker Center. Dakota Smith, latimes.com, "L.A. City Council backs spending plan for $700-million office tower," 3 July 2018 The address of the headquarters, 1777 Northeast Loop 410, is also the registered office for 1990 Broadway LLC. Richard Webner, San Antonio Express-News, "Jefferson Bank executives buy nearly entire block on Broadway near Pearl," 28 June 2018 The hearing is slated for 6:30 p.m. Saturday at ALA's headquarters, 1750 E. Riggs Road in Gilbert. Craig Harris, azcentral, "East Valley charter, subject of Republic investigation, reverses itself after blocking public comment," 14 July 2018 The Japanese government set up an emergency headquarters, designed for crises such as major earthquakes. Simon Denyer, BostonGlobe.com, "At least 85 dead, many missing as ‘historic’ rains pound Japan," 8 July 2018 Whole Foods has hired workers from Amazon, including a new head of compensation and benefits who worked at Amazon’s Seattle headquarters for nearly four years as senior compensation manager. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "New Era at Amazon’s Whole Foods Grates on Some Suppliers, Employees," 2 July 2018 Legrand's North and Central America's headquarters, located in West Hartford , became LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council in February. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, "Legrand Receives LEED Certification From U.S. Green Building Council," 2 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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