: a man who is the leader of a tribe or village

Full Definition of HEADMAN

a \ˈhed-ˈman\ :  foreman, overseer
b \-ˈman, -ˌman\ :  a lesser chief of a primitive community
\-mən\ :  headsman

Examples of HEADMAN

  1. <as headman at the newspaper 20 years ago, he hired the then-promising young reporter who won this year's Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting>

First Known Use of HEADMAN

before 12th century


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