Dictionary.com

headword

[ hed-wurd ]
/ ˈhɛdˌwɜrd /
Save This Word!

noun

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

QUIZZES

QUIZ YOURSELF ON THE 12 TYPES OF VERB TENSES!

Loosen up your grammar muscles because it’s time to test your knowledge on verb tenses!
Question 1 of 6
The verb tenses can be split into which 3 primary categories?

Meet Grammar Coach

Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing

Meet Grammar Coach

Improve Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of headword

First recorded in 1815–25; head + word

Words nearby headword

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use headword in a sentence

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

    A Concise Dictionary of Middle English|A. L. Mayhew and Walter W. Skeat

British Dictionary definitions for headword

headword
/ (ˈhɛdˌwɜːd) /

noun

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