Definition of behead
: to cut off the head of : decapitate
Examples of behead in a Sentence
Louis XVI was beheaded in 1793.
Mary, Queen of Scots, was beheaded for plotting against Queen Elizabeth.
Recent Examples of behead from the Web
The Crisis articles include more scenes of raw horror: a person was beheaded with a butcher knife, and a 12-year-old African-American girl fainted after being pulled from a trolley bus.
A Missouri lawmaker who beheaded and gutted a chicken on Facebook is facing a backlash in online petitions seeking his removal or resignation.
Abu Sayyaf beheaded two Canadians last year after ransom demands weren’t met.
Though he was beheaded in the first season, Ned Stark's actions have rippled throughout the entire series in the deaths and lives (but mostly deaths) of his family.
Now a celebrity Jon Ossoff supporter is making jokes about beheading the president of the United States.
The AP reported that civilians in the area, including women and children, were beheaded during the attack.
Three months later, the militants beheaded Khaled Asaad, the octogenarian former curator at Palmyra whose family had helped evacuate artifacts as Islamic State forces approached.
Abu Sayyaf has long carried out kidnappings for ransom, gaining notoriety for beheading foreigners.
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First Known Use of behead
before 12th century
BEHEAD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of behead for English Language Learners
: to cut off the head of (someone) especially as a punishment
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Definition of behead for Students
: to cut off the head of
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