the position of head or chief; chief authority; leadership; supremacy.

Origin of headship

First recorded in 1575–85; head + -ship
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for headship

Historical Examples of headship

  • From the first their eyes were fixed on the headship of the state as their final goal.

  • "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.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for headship



the position or state of being a leader; command; leadership
education, British the position of headmaster or headmistress of a school
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012