Definition of headman

1a \ ˈhed-​ˈman How to pronounce headman (audio) \ : foreman, overseer
b \ ˈhed-​ˈman How to pronounce headman (audio) , -​ˌman \ : a lesser chief of a primitive community
2 \ ˈhed-​mən How to pronounce headman (audio) \ : headsman

Examples of headman in a Sentence

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
Recent Examples on the Web One of the members, Ram Prasad, a former village headman from an upper caste, said the initiative would break the taboo associated with the act. Washington Post, 21 Feb. 2022 The Cardinals were pitted against No. 10 seed Minnesota, coached by Richard Pitino, the son of former Cardinal headman Rick Pitino. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, 27 Aug. 2021 Wednesday evening, Louisville’s Board of Trustees and the Athletic Association Board of Directors agreed to a separation agreement with Mack, ending his tenure as the Cardinal headman at just under four years. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, 28 Jan. 2022 Western Michigan football will temporarily be without its headman. Tyler J. Davis, Detroit Free Press, 21 Sep. 2021 And then late in the first, Kaprizov went for a headman pass that Rask skated into but again Fleury blocked the attempt. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, 26 May 2021 Lunana’s headman, Kaka, who goes by one name, said the most important part of the vaccination campaign was not on the ground, but in the sky. New York Times, 18 Apr. 2021 Rudolfs Balcers roofed a headman pass from Tomas Hertl over Kahkonen 4 minutes, 41 seconds into the period after getting a step on Ryan Suter. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, 1 Apr. 2021 Thompson has been the headman at Belfry for eight years and has been coaching high school basketball for 24. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, 12 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of headman

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Headman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headman. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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