headsman

[ hedz-muh n ]
/ ˈhɛdz mən /
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noun, plural heads·men.

a public executioner who beheads condemned persons.

Nearby words

  1. headset,
  2. headsheet,
  3. headship,
  4. headshot,
  5. headshrinker,
  6. headspace,
  7. headspring,
  8. headsquare,
  9. headstall,
  10. headstand

Also headman.

Origin of headsman

First recorded in 1595–1605; head + 's1 + man1

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British Dictionary definitions for headsman

headsman

/ (ˈhɛdzmən) /

noun plural -men

(formerly) an executioner who beheaded condemned persons
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Word Origin and History for headsman

headsman

n.

"executioner," c.1600, from genitive of head (n.) + man (n.). Used earlier in sense "chief, leader" (c.1400).

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