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headsman

[hedz-muh n] /ˈhɛdz mən/
noun, plural headsmen.
1.
a public executioner who beheads condemned persons.
Also, headman.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; head + 's1 + man1
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  • The sudden conversion of the headsman occasioned a delay in the execution.
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headsman

/ˈhɛdzmən/
noun (pl) -men
1.
(formerly) an executioner who beheaded condemned persons
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Word Origin and History for headsman
n.

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

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