heads·​man | \ ˈhedz-mən How to pronounce headsman (audio) \

Definition of headsman

: one that beheads : executioner

Examples of headsman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two other men, subjects of excellent Holbein drawings in the show, would keep appointments with the headsman. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 Once upon a time, the queen could have sent rebels to the Tower and the headsman’s block, even relatives—especially relatives. Matt Seaton, The New York Review of Books, 9 Mar. 2021 The British prime minister has assembled a trio of headsmen to sever Britain from the mainland. Vanityfair.com, VanityFair.com, 22 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of headsman

circa 1562, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of headsman was circa 1562

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“Headsman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headsman. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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