[ ek-si-kyoo-shuh-ner ]
/ ˌɛk sɪˈkyu ʃə nər /


an official who inflicts capital punishment in pursuance of a legal warrant.
a person who executes an act, will, judgment, etc.

Origin of executioner

First recorded in 1555–65; execution + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for executioner


/ (ˌɛksɪˈkjuːʃənə) /


an official charged with carrying out the death sentence passed upon a condemned person
an assassin, esp one appointed by a political or criminal organization
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Word Origin and History for executioner



"headsman," 1560s; "one who carries into effect," 1590s; agent noun from execution.

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