1. characteristic of a drumhead court-martial; carried out in summary fashion: a drumhead execution.

Origin of drumhead

First recorded in 1615–25; drum1 + head
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British Dictionary definitions for drumhead


  1. music the part of a drum that is actually struck with a stick or the hand
  2. the head of a capstan, pierced with holes for the capstan bars
  3. another name for eardrum
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drumhead in Medicine


  1. eardrum
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