head·​ship | \ ˈhed-ˌship How to pronounce headship (audio) \

Definition of headship

: the position, office, or dignity of a head

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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
Recent Examples on the Web In 1980, the bishop of the Fort Wayne-South Bend diocese received complaints about the People of Praise’s system of headship and that the group fostered fear and guilt, according to an article at the time in the National Catholic Reporter. New York Times, "Inside the People of Praise, the Tight-Knit Faith Community of Amy Coney Barrett," 8 Oct. 2020 Under Tarim's headship, many of Harmony's campuses are recognized on prestigious high school rankings, such as News & World Report and Children @ Risk. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "State group honors Harmony Public Schools founder," 30 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of headship

1565, in the meaning defined above

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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 16 Jan. 2021.

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