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

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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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concealment of treason or felony

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