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headword

[ hed-wurd ]

noun

  1. a word, phrase, or the like, appearing as the heading heading of a chapter, dictionary or encyclopedia entry, etc.


headword

/ ˈhɛdˌwɜːd /

noun

  1. a key word placed at the beginning of a line, paragraph, etc, as in a dictionary entry


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Word History and Origins

Origin of headword1

First recorded in 1815–25; head + word

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Example Sentences

Line-end hyphens in cross-references (see, see also, cf.) were kept or omitted based on the form of the cross-referenced headword.

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