headman

[hed-muhn, -man]
noun, plural headmen [hed-muhn, -men] .
1.
a chief or leader.

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

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headman (ˈhɛdmən)
 
n , pl -men
1.  anthropol a chief or leader
2.  a foreman or overseer

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As a preparation for the festival, the daughters of the headman of the village cultivate blades of barley in a peculiar way.
The chiefs and headman in turn reportedly used pressure and threats on voters.
My father also acted as the village headman and he was often called upon to settle disputes between villagers.
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