headsman

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

a public executioner who beheads condemned persons.
Also headman.

Origin of headsman

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

/ (ˈhɛdzmən) /

noun plural -men

(formerly) an executioner who beheaded condemned persons

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