headword

play
noun head·word \ ˈhed-ˌwərd \

Definition of headword

1 :a word or term placed at the beginning (as of a chapter or an entry in an encyclopedia)
2 :head 19

First Known Use of headword

1727


HEADWORD Defined for English Language Learners

headword

play
noun

Definition of headword for English Language Learners

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


Learn More about headword


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up headword? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

agreeable, attractive, or delicious

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!