Definition of beachhead in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbēCHˌhed/


A defended position on a beach taken from the enemy by landing forces, from which an attack can be launched.
Example sentences
  • A typical example of dropping or landing troops next to the target involves the seizing of a beachhead for subsequent amphibious landing.
  • On the eastern flank of the Sword beachhead, Lieutenant Colonel Otway's paratroopers are dug in outside Amfreville which is heavily defended.
  • First there was the need to keep supplied the troops who carried out the initial landings and established the beachhead.


World War II (originally US): formed on the pattern of bridgehead.

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Syllabification: beach·head

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