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[hed-ship] /ˈhɛd ʃɪp/
the position of head or chief; chief authority; leadership; supremacy.
Origin of headship
First recorded in 1575-85; head + -ship Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • From the first their eyes were fixed on the headship of the state as their final goal.

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • "The headship of a party not even in existence," he murmured.

  • Partly this headship was hereditary, not from father to son, but it might be from brother to brother, and so on.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • Hamilton did not have to be urged to take the headship of the Treasury.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • Pattison was thirty-eight when he missed the headship of his college.

  • It was soon clear that he was to be the rival of Athens for the headship of Greece.

  • The headship of a family carries with it heavy responsibilities.

    Boys Anonymous
  • As for Thebes and her claim to the headship of Bœotia, her demand was set aside.

  • In the same way the language testifies to the headship of the father.

    The Private Life of the Romans Harold Whetstone Johnston
  • So early was the doctrine of the headship maintained by the Church of Scotland.

    Hugh Miller William Keith Leask
British Dictionary definitions for headship


the position or state of being a leader; command; leadership
(education, Brit) the position of headmaster or headmistress of a school
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