headquarters etymology

English word headquarters comes from English head, English quarters

Detailed word origin of headquarters

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
head English (eng) (fishing) To remove the head from a fish.. (intransitive) To form a head.. (intransitive) To move in a specified direction.. (intransitive) To originate; to spring; to have its course, as a river.. (obsolete) To behead; to decapitate.. (transitive) To be in command of. (See also head up.). (transitive) To strike with the head; as in soccer, to head the ball. To cut off the top of; to lop [...]
quarters English (eng) (by extension) The place where someone or something lives. (pluralonly, military) Housing, barracks or other habitation or living space. Compare cuarto.. .. A commonly played university drinking game in North America.. Quarterfinals.
headquarters English (eng) A place of concentrated activity or influence.. The center of an organization's operations or administration.. The military installation from which troops are commanded and orders are issued; the military unit consisting of a commander and his support staff.