the area that is the first objective of a military force landing on an enemy shore.
a secure initial position that has been gained and can be used for further advancement; foothold: The company has won a beachhead in the personal computer market.

Nearby words

  1. beachball,
  2. beachboy,
  3. beachcomber,
  4. beacher,
  5. beachfront,
  6. beachmaster,
  7. beachscape,
  8. beachside,
  9. beachwear,
  10. beachy

Origin of beachhead

First recorded in 1935–40; beach + head Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for beachhead


noun military

an area on a beach that has been captured from the enemy and on which troops and equipment are landed
the object of an amphibious operation

Word Origin for beachhead

C20: modelled on bridgehead

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Word Origin and History for beachhead



1940, in reference to German military tactics in World War II, from beach (n.) + head (n.), on the model of bridgehead, but the image doesn't quite work.

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