Definition of bridgehead in English:



  • A strong position secured by an army inside enemy territory from which to advance or attack.

    figurative ‘in the 1970s, academic literary theory established bridgeheads in Britain’
    • ‘The Third US Army seized a bridgehead at Oppenheim.’
    • ‘The force in the bridgehead disintegrated, the Germans remaining in possession of St. Germain.’
    • ‘Soviet authorities have argued they might have taken Berlin immediately after they established bridgeheads across the Oder.’
    • ‘By the end of January he had secured his bridgehead in Tunisia and had given Rommel a safe enclave to move into.’
    • ‘American troops in the bridgehead became panic stricken.’