a position held or to be gained on the enemy side of a river, defile, or other obstacle, to cover the crossing of friendly troops.
any position gained that can be used as a foothold for further advancement; beachhead.
a defensive work covering or protecting the end of a bridge toward the enemy.

Nearby words

  1. bridge rectifier,
  2. bridge roll,
  3. bridge table,
  4. bridge view,
  5. bridgeboard,
  6. bridgeman,
  7. bridgend,
  8. bridgeport,
  9. bridger,
  10. bridger, james

Origin of bridgehead

First recorded in 1805–15; bridge1 + head Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bridgehead


noun military

an area of ground secured or to be taken on the enemy's side of an obstacle, esp a defended river
a fortified or defensive position at the end of a bridge nearest to the enemy
an advantageous position gained for future expansion
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