headship

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

Definition of headship

: 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
Recent Examples on the Web If people question the absolute infallibility of scripture, perhaps favoring a more literary or historical approach, then the case for male headship collapses. Audrey Clare Farley, The New Republic, 3 Jan. 2022 The Latter-day Saint tradition continues, therefore, to embrace a double discourse of male headship and marital egalitarianism. The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Dec. 2021 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, 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, 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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16 Jan 2022

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“Headship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headship. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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