headquarters. ( ˌhɛdˈkwɔːtəz) pl n ( sometimes functioning as singular) 1. any centre or building from which operations are directed, as in the military, the police, etc. 2. (Military) a military formation comprising the commander, his staff, and supporting echelons. Abbreviations: HQ or h.q.
Companies, clubs, and religious groups all have headquarters, or a central administrative location. Militaries also have headquarters, although the word has a slightly different meaning in that context — military headquarters are where commanders and their staffs live and work.
May 06, 2021 · headquarters in American English. (ˈhedˌkwɔrtərz, -ˌkwɔ-) noun Word forms: plural -ters (used with a sing. or pl. v.) 1. a center of operations, as of the police or a business, from which orders are issued; the chief administrative office of an organization. The operatives were always in touch with headquarters.