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

Examples of headquarters in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two years ago, Grönefeld moved its headquarters to a 2,300-square-foot building—three times the size of its previous space and located on the former site of Tim and Bart’s kindergarten—in Oldenzaal, the Netherlands. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 18 Nov. 2023 Cheers erupted from SpaceX’s headquarters in Hawthorne, California, as the Starship rocket ignited and rumbled skyward. Denise Chow, NBC News, 18 Nov. 2023 The infrastructure is a sort of mobile data center where, for example, the pit crew on the ground is working as a remote part of the garage back at headquarters. WIRED, 18 Nov. 2023 Copeland recounts one instance when Dalio invited the Harvard economist Niall Ferguson to a sit-down in Westport, home to Bridgewater’s headquarters. Tarpley Hitt, The New Yorker, 16 Nov. 2023 Sherman accused protesters of trying to break into the Democratic headquarters in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter. CBS News, 16 Nov. 2023 The team plays at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on game days, but spends most of the year at its headquarters and practice facilities. Roger Vincent, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2023 Per The Daily Mail, Lopez was photographed arriving at the Apple Music headquarters for some kind of meeting. Kathleen Walsh, Glamour, 15 Nov. 2023 The league built a new West Coast headquarters in 2021 that houses NFL Network, its television and digital platform, and other aspects of its media hub. Emmanuel Morgan, New York Times, 14 Nov. 2023 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 28 Nov. 2023.

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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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