What does headquarters mean?

Definitions for headquarters
ˈhɛdˌkwɔr tərz, -ˌkwɔ-head·quar·ters

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. headquarters, central office, main office, home office, home basenoun

    (usually plural) the office that serves as the administrative center of an enterprise

    "many companies have their headquarters in New York"

  2. headquarters, HQ, military headquartersnoun

    the military installation from which a commander performs the functions of command

    "the general's headquarters were a couple of large tents"

  3. headquartersnoun

    (plural) a military unit consisting of a commander and the headquarters staff


  1. Headquartersnoun

    The main office from which an organization such as a commercial enterprise is managed; -- usually where the chief executive officer works.


  1. headquartersnoun

    The military installation from which troops are commanded and orders are issued; the military unit consisting of a commander and his support staff

  2. headquartersnoun

    The center of an organization's operations or administration

  3. headquartersnoun

    A place of concentrated activity or influence

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Headquartersnoun

    The place of general rendezvous, or lodgment for soldiers.

    Etymology: head and quarters.

    Those spirits, posted upon the out-guards, immediately scour off to the brain, which is the headquarters, or office of intelligence, and there they make their report. Collier.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Headquarters

    the quarters or place of residence of any chief officer, as the general in command of an army, or the head of a police force; the place from which orders or instructions are issued; hence, the center of authority or order

  2. Etymology: [but sometimes used as a n. sing.]


  1. Headquarters

    Headquarters denotes the location where most, if not all, of the important functions of an organization are coordinated. In the United States, the corporate headquarters represents the entity at the center or the top of a corporation taking full responsibility managing all business activities. In the UK, the term Head Office is most commonly used for the HQs of large corporations. The term is also used regarding military organizations.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. headquarters

    The place where the officer commanding any army or independent body of troops takes up his residence. The quarters or place of residence of the chief officer; hence, the centre of authority or order.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'headquarters' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3550

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'headquarters' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3995

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'headquarters' in Nouns Frequency: #1469

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of headquarters in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of headquarters in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of headquarters in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Bach:

    This is why we invited her for a meeting here, to show everybody it is not just a one-off effort. We will keep this contact up. We answered the question 'where is Peng Shuai?' We are continuing by having invited her to come to [the IOC headquarters].

  2. Edgar Zambrano:

    We were surprised by the SEBIN, and after refusing to let us leave our vehicle, they used a tow truck to forcibly transfer us directly to the (SEBIN headquarters) Helicoide.

  3. Abdul Jamil:

    Right now, clashes are under way between the Taliban and security forces in the city, close to the governor's compound and police headquarters, the city is closed and very little movement can be seen. People are terrified.

  4. Zodiac Killer:

    I want to report a murder... no, a double murder. They are two miles north of Park Headquarters. They were in a white Volkswagen Kharmann Ghia. I'm the one that did it.

  5. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman:

    We’ve discovered that Domino’s headquarters was intensely involved in store operations and even caused many of these violations.

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  • مقرArabic
  • quarter general, seu, centralCatalan, Valencian
  • centrála, velitelství, štábCzech
  • hovedkvarterDanish
  • Zentrale, HauptquartierGerman
  • αρχηγείο, επιτελείο, έδραGreek
  • stabejo, sidejoEsperanto
  • cuartel general, sedeSpanish
  • keskuspaikka, päämaja, pääkonttori, keskustoimisto, pääesikuntaFinnish
  • quartier général, siège socialFrench
  • ardoifig, ceanncheathrú, príomhlongfort, príomhoifigIrish
  • ard-oikManx
  • מִפְקָדָה, מטהHebrew
  • quartier generale, sede centraleItalian
  • 本社, 本部, 司令部Japanese
  • ទីបញ្ជាការKhmer
  • 본부Korean
  • باره‌گاKurdish
  • praetōriumLatin
  • papataungaMāori
  • hoofdkwartierDutch
  • matriz, quartel-general, sedePortuguese
  • cartier general, sediu, centralăRomanian
  • центр, [[главный, [[головно́й]]/[[гла́вный]] [[о́фис]], штаб-квартира, штабRussian
  • trung tâm, trụ sở, tổng hành dinhVietnamese

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