behead

verb be·head \ bi-ˈhed , bē- \
Updated on: 16 Apr 2018

Examples of behead in a Sentence

  1. Louis XVI was beheaded in 1793.

  2. Mary, Queen of Scots, was beheaded for plotting against Queen Elizabeth.

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First Known Use of behead

before 12th century

in the meaning defined above

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behead Synonyms

Synonyms

decapitate, guillotine, head;

Related Words

prune, shorten, trim;

scalp;


BEHEAD Defined for English Language Learners

behead

Definition of behead for English Language Learners

  • : to cut off the head of (someone) especially as a punishment


BEHEAD Defined for Kids

behead

verb be·head \ bi-ˈhed \

Definition of behead for Students

beheaded; beheading
: to cut off the head of


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