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headsman

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

a public executioner who beheads condemned persons.

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Origin of headsman

First recorded in 1595–1605; head + 's1 + man
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headsman
/ (ˈhɛdzmən) /

noun plural -men

(formerly) an executioner who beheaded condemned persons
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