- a center of operations, as of the police or a business, from which orders are issued; the chief administrative office of an organization: The operatives were always in touch with headquarters.
- the offices or working location of a military commander; the place from which a commander customarily issues orders.
- a military unit consisting of the commander, his staff, and other assistants.
Origin of headquarters
- to situate in headquarters.
- to establish one's headquarters.
Origin of headquarter
back formation from headquarters
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Examples from the Web for headquarters
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Brennan is expected to address the CIA workforce at headquarters on Tuesday.CIA Won’t Defend Its One-Time Torturers
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He wired a few reports back to headquarters and departed soon after.
Meanwhile, over at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia, the Africa Division was celebrating the successful mission.
I telephoned to your headquarters, and they said you had come here.The Gentleman From Indiana
Uncle is full of that charity which at all events has its headquarters in the home counties.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
If you will permit me to use your house for a while, I shall make it my headquarters.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
“Dick Dare, you are wanted at headquarters,” said the orderly.
He went at once to headquarters, where he told General Washington what he had learned.
- any centre or building from which operations are directed, as in the military, the police, etc
- a military formation comprising the commander, his staff, and supporting echelons
Abbreviations: HQ, h.q.
- informal, mainly US to place in or establish as headquarters
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Word Origin and History for headquarters
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