head word

headword

[hed-wurd]
noun
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 ).

Origin:
1815–25; head + word

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headword (ˈhɛdˌwɜːd)
 
n
a key word placed at the beginning of a line, paragraph, etc, as in a dictionary entry

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