[hedz-muh n] /ˈhɛdz mən/

noun, plural headsmen.
a public executioner who beheads condemned persons.
noun (pl) -men
(formerly) an executioner who beheaded condemned persons

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


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