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[hed-kwawr-ter, -kwaw-]
verb (used with object)
  1. to situate in headquarters.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to establish one's headquarters.
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Origin of headquarter

back formation from headquarters
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Examples from the Web for headquarter

Historical Examples of headquarter

  • The company of the 23d was to proceed with the headquarter staff.

    By Sheer Pluck

    G. A. Henty

  • Then came the headquarter staff followed by the 42d and Naval Brigade.

    By Sheer Pluck

    G. A. Henty

  • At the headquarter camp John went in and explained the circumstances of his departure.


    H. Rider Haggard

  • Soon thereafter,64 the Headquarter portion of the regiment was on board the Monarch, and away from India homeward bound.

  • Napoleon Bonaparte served in these affairs on the headquarter staff.

British Dictionary definitions for headquarter


  1. informal, mainly US to place in or establish as headquarters
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