noun, plural headsmen.
a public executioner who beheads condemned persons.
Also, headman.

1595–1605; head + 's1 + man1

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headsman (ˈhɛdzmən)
n , pl -men
(formerly) an executioner who beheaded condemned persons

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The sudden conversion of the headsman occasioned a delay in the execution.
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