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headship

[hed-ship] /ˈhɛd ʃɪp/
noun
1.
the position of head or chief; chief authority; leadership; supremacy.
Origin of headship
1575-1585
1575-85; head + -ship
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  • On the 4th of July she had conquered for herself the headship of that powerful brotherhood.

  • Hamilton did not have to be urged to take the headship of the Treasury.

    Union and Democracy Allen Johnson
  • In Homer and Hesiod, however, the conception of headship is complicated by the introduction of the idea of fate.

  • In the same way the language testifies to the headship of the father.

    The Private Life of the Romans Harold Whetstone Johnston
  • From the first their eyes were fixed on the headship of the state as their final goal.

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • So early was the doctrine of the headship maintained by the Church of Scotland.

    Hugh Miller William Keith Leask
  • The Saintship or headship of the community was hereditary, descending from father to son.

  • Mark the way in which he emphasises his headship of the clan!

    Book-Plates William J. Hardy
  • You must cease in any case to retain the headship of the house, even for the few days of the term that remain.

    Tom, Dick and Harry Talbot Baines Reed
  • He, by virtue of his headship, is legally entitled to the services of his family.

    Woman, Church & State Matilda Joslyn Gage
British Dictionary definitions for headship

headship

/ˈhɛdʃɪp/
noun
1.
the position or state of being a leader; command; leadership
2.
(education, Brit) the position of headmaster or headmistress of a school
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