Definition of headship in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhedˌSHip/


1The position of leader or chief.
Example sentences
  • The separation of headship of state from the headship of government is a very important part of maintaining liberty.
  • Evangelical ideals of husbands' headship as providers, leaders and decision-makers, and wives' subordination as helpmates and mothers were ideally matched to post-War ideals for family life.
  • The supreme headship of the church was revoked by Parliament in December 1554 and acknowledgement made of the authority of the pope, who had sent Pole ‘to call us home again into the right way from whence we have all this long while wandered’.
1.1chiefly British The position of head teacher in a school.
Example sentences
  • Miss Privett said he had achieved a considerable amount during his career and listed a string of credits which St Leonards had gained under his headship.
  • A new post, Directeur des Études, was instituted, as the academic headship of the school.
  • The school has also gained specialist status as a technology college under his headship.

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Syllabification: head·ship

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