head·​ship ˈhed-ˌship How to pronounce headship (audio)
: the position, office, or dignity of a head

Examples of headship in a Sentence

while he was in the hospital, the CEO had his most trusted lieutenant assume temporary headship of the firm the person at the headship of the firm will face daunting challenges, given the current state of the economy
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Word History

First Known Use

1565, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of headship was in 1565

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“Headship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headship. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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