headman

noun head·man

Definition of headman

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

Examples of headman in a Sentence

  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

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First Known Use of headman

before 12th century


HEADMAN Defined for English Language Learners

headman

noun

Definition of headman for English Language Learners

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



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