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headman

[hed-muh n, -man] /ˈhɛd mən, -ˌmæn/
noun, plural headmen
[hed-muh n, -men] /ˈhɛd mən, -ˌmɛn/ (Show IPA)
1.
a chief or leader.
2.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English he(ve)dman, Old English hēafodman. See head, man1
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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.
British Dictionary definitions for headman

headman

/ˈhɛdmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
(anthropol) a chief or leader
2.
a foreman or overseer
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Word Origin and History for headman
n.

"chief man, leader," Old English heafodman; see head (adj.) + man (n.). Cognate with German Hauptmann "captain."

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