head·​quar·​ters ˈhed-ˌkwȯ(r)-tərz How to pronounce headquarters (audio)
plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: a place from which a commander performs the functions of command
: the administrative center of an enterprise

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The organization’s headquarters were in the study of her Upper West Side apartment. Joseph Berger, BostonGlobe.com, 25 Nov. 2022 The child was reportedly running around the headquarters as Musk attempted to continue discussions about Twitter's future. Natasha Dye, Peoplemag, 25 Nov. 2022 Hurley and the men practiced on Wednesday, toured the Nike headquarters. Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, 24 Nov. 2022 Workers in France, Germany, the U.S., India and Japan will stage strikes, walkouts and protests, while activists in Ireland and South Africa will hold demonstrations at Amazon headquarters in their respective countries. Chloe Taylor, Fortune, 24 Nov. 2022 On Thursday afternoon, delivery trucks idled outside D.C. Central Kitchen’s downtown headquarters as a crew of cooks and other staff inside hustled to get the last trays of food out the door. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2022 Inside Yeezy’s brutalist, 14,390-square-foot office in Calabasas, California, West gathered with the handpicked designers who worked for his West Brands and the product team commuting from Adidas U.S. headquarters in Portland, Oregon. Matt Sullivan, Rolling Stone, 23 Nov. 2022 The organization’s headquarters were in the study of her Upper West Side apartment. Joseph Berger, New York Times, 23 Nov. 2022 Activities will be held at Fourth and Co. in the iconic Warehouse District of downtown Austin, six blocks from SXSW event headquarters. Patrick Frater, Variety, 23 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of headquarters was in 1622

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“Headquarters.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headquarters. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition


noun singular or plural

head·​quar·​ters ˈhed-ˌkwȯ(r)t-ərz How to pronounce headquarters (audio)
: a place from which a commander exercises command
: the governing and directing center of an organization

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