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

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That’s because the house is now the headquarters of Jasmina Vico, the facialist whose work with Jodie Comer went viral when Killing Eve premiered. Catherine Hong, Town & Country, "Jodie Comer's Facialist Reveals Her Secret to Beautiful Skin," 14 Apr. 2019 Swedish police on Wednesday raided the headquarters of Swedbank AB, the latest Scandinavian banking giant to come under suspicion of laundering billions of dollars in illicit funds from Russia. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "Police Raid Sweden’s Leading Bank as Russian Money Laundering Scandal Spreads," 27 Mar. 2019 Under the post-9/11 GI Bill, calculations were made on the location of the headquarters of the school where the student is enrolled. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The VA’s latest issues paying student veterans their benefits, explained," 11 Dec. 2018 The announcement was followed by cheers and applause by the team members at the Denver headquarters of Lockheed Martin, the company that built the spacecraft. Loren Grush, The Verge, "After a two-year journey, a NASA spacecraft arrives at its target asteroid," 3 Dec. 2018 View this post on Instagram 💕 The Triplets 💕 A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Sep 14, 2018 at 4:53pm PDT Chi, Stormi, and True will probably frame this picture and hang it in the headquarters of their future business empire. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kim Kardashian Shares Picture of "Triplets" Chicago, Stormi, and True," 15 Sep. 2018 The Los Angeles headquarters of onefinestay, a high-end Airbnb competitor where Megan Peri worked until June of last year, was open plan. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Women Really Quit Breastfeeding," 17 July 2018 To show that those kind of low latencies were possible, AT&T’s Foundry program helped build out a small 5G demonstration facility inside Ericsson’s Silicon Valley headquarters. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "5G could be the foundation of next-gen 'cloud VR'," 27 Mar. 2019 Unlike Avangard, Kinzhal is a tactical system with a nuclear or conventional warhead designed for attacking targets behind the battlefield, such as air bases, military bases, or headquarters. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Putin’s New Missiles Are Having Decidedly Mixed Success," 25 Mar. 2019

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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 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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