- the main office, or center of operations and control, of anyone in command, as in an army or police force
- the main office or center of control in any organization
The headquarters for the Department of Defence is the Pentagon.
- An example of headquarters is the main office of Coca Cola in Atlanta where the executives and managers are located.
- An example of headquarters is the area where the general and other commanders are located and give orders from during a war.
plural nounused with a sing. or pl. verb
- The offices of a commander, as of a military unit, from which orders are issued.
- A center of operations or administration: The company has its headquarters in the suburbs.
Usage Note: The noun headquarters can be used with either a singular or a plural verb. The plural is more common: The corporation's headquarters are in Boston. But when referring to authority rather than physical location, many people prefer the singular: Division headquarters has approved the new benefits package.
- "The master is not in, he's gone to headquarters," said Telyanin's orderly.
- After showering and dressing, he wrote a short note explaining he would be at police headquarters until midmorning and slipped it under her door.
- Damian's headquarters is in Texas for now.
- In addition to these corps there are eight permanent cavalry divisions with headquarters at Paris, Lunyule, Meaux, Sedan, Reims, Lyons, Melun and Dole.
- On the evening of October 11 Seslavin came to the Aristovo headquarters with a French guardsman he had captured.