headword

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From head +‎ word. Compare West Frisian haadwurd (noun, substantive, headword), Dutch hoofdwoord (headword), German Hauptwort (noun, substantive, headword), Swedish huvudord (headword, keyword).

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headword (plural headwords)

  1. a word used as the title of a section, particularly in a dictionary, encyclopedia, or thesaurus
  2. (grammar) any word which may be modified by an adjunct
    In "a very discerning car shopper", "shopper" is the headword.

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