headword

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head·​word | \ ˈhed-ˌwərd How to pronounce headword (audio) \

Definition of headword

1 : a word or term placed at the beginning (as of a chapter or an entry in an encyclopedia)

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1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Headword.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headword. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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headword

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: a word placed at the beginning of an entry in a dictionary, encyclopedia, etc.

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