UK [ˈhedˌwɜː(r)d] / US [ˈhedˌwɜrd] noun [countable]
Word forms "headword":
singular headword plural headwords
one of the list of words in a dictionary that is followed by an explanation of what it means

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  • headword — n. 1. a word that is qualified by a modifier. [WordNet 1.5] 2. a word placed at the beginning of a line, paragraph, or short article (as in a dictionary or encyclopedia entry); the word which forms the title of an entry in a dictionary. [WordNet… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • headword — ► NOUN ▪ a word which begins a separate entry in a reference work …   English terms dictionary

  • headword — [hed′wʉrd΄] n. 1. a word or phrase that is a heading for a paragraph, chapter, etc. 2. Linguis. a word functioning as a head in a structure …   English World dictionary

  • Headword — A headword, head word, lemma, or sometimes catchword is the word under which a set of related dictionary or encyclopaedia entries appears. The headword is used to locate the entry, and dictates its alphabetical position. Depending on the size and …   Wikipedia

  • headword — main entry word main entry word n. The form of a word that heads a lexical entry and is alphabetized in a dictionary; also called {entry word}, {headword}, and {lemma}. Syn: citation form, entry word, headword, lemma. [WordNet 1.5] Note: In… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • headword — noun /ˈhɛdwɜːd,ˈhɛdwɝd/ a) a word used as the title of a section, particularly in a dictionary, encyclopedia, or thesaurus In a very discerning car shopper , shopper is the headword. b) any word which may be modified by an …   Wiktionary

  • headword — [[t]he̱dwɜː(r)d[/t]] headwords N COUNT In a dictionary, a headword is a word which is followed by an explanation of its meaning …   English dictionary

  • headword — noun Date: circa 1823 1. a word or term placed at the beginning (as of a chapter or an entry in an encyclopedia) 2. head 19 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • headword — /hed werrd /, n. 1. a word, phrase, or the like, appearing as the heading of a chapter, dictionary or encyclopedia entry, etc. 2. catchword (def. 2). 3. head (def. 26). [1815 25; HEAD + WORD] * * * …   Universalium

  • headword — head|word [ˈhedwə:d US wə:rd] n technical one of the words whose meaning is explained in a dictionary …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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