[ hed-kwawr-terz, -kwaw- ]
/ ˈhɛdˌkwɔr tərz, -ˌkwɔ- /

noun, plural head·quar·ters. (used with a singular or plural verb)

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.



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Origin of headquarters

First recorded in 1640–50; head + quarters

OTHER WORDS FROM headquarters

sub·head·quar·ters, noun, plural sub·head·quar·ters.

Definition for headquarters (2 of 2)

[ hed-kwawr-ter, -kwaw- ]
/ ˈhɛdˌkwɔr tər, -ˌkwɔ- /

verb (used with object)

to situate in headquarters.

verb (used without object)

to establish one's headquarters.

Origin of headquarter

back formation from headquarters
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British Dictionary definitions for headquarters (1 of 2)

/ (ˌhɛdˈkwɔːtəz) /

pl n (sometimes functioning as singular)

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.

British Dictionary definitions for headquarters (2 of 2)

/ (ˌhɛdˈkwɔːtə) /


informal, mainly US to place in or establish as headquarters
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