headman

[ hed-muh n, -man ]
/ ˈhɛd mən, -ˌmæn /

noun, plural head·men [hed-muh n, -men] /ˈhɛd mən, -ˌmɛn/.

a chief or leader.

Origin of headman

before 1000; Middle English he(ve)dman, Old English hēafodman. See head, man1
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headman

/ (ˈhɛdmən) /

noun plural -men

anthropol a chief or leader
a foreman or overseer
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