Headquarters Head"quar`ters (-kw[add]r`t[~e]rz), n. pl. [but sometimes used as a n. sing.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

The brain, which is the headquarters, or office, of intelligence. --Collier. [1913 Webster]

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

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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