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headword

[ hed-wurd ]
/ ˈhɛdˌwɜrd /
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noun
a word, phrase, or the like, appearing as the heading of a chapter, dictionary or encyclopedia entry, etc.
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Origin of headword

First recorded in 1815–25; head + word

Words nearby headword

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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
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