head·​word ˈhed-ˌwərd How to pronounce headword (audio)
: a word or term placed at the beginning (as of a chapter or an entry in an encyclopedia)

Examples of headword in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Often, in fact, that means using headwords and categories that are different from the actual words on the pages to which they’re linked. Lauren Kane, The New York Review of Books, 17 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of headword was in 1727

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“Headword.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headword. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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