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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. The offices of a commander, as of a military unit, from which orders are issued.
  • n.pl. A center of operations or administration: The company has its headquarters in the suburbs. See Synonyms at center.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The military installation from which troops are commanded and orders are issued; the military unit consisting of a commander and his support staff.
  • n. The center of an organization's operations or administration.
  • n. A place of concentrated activity or influence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The quarters or place of residence, permanent or temporary, of the commander-in-chief of an army.
  • The residence of any military chief, or the place from which his orders are issued.
  • Hence The place where one chiefly resides or carries on business.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (plural) a military unit consisting of a commander and the headquarters staff
  • n. the military installation from which a commander performs the functions of command
  • n. (usually plural) the office that serves as the administrative center of an enterprise

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