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 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, "The Great Disenchantment: Harry, Meghan & the Monarchy," 9 Mar. 2021 The British prime minister has assembled a trio of headsmen to sever Britain from the mainland. Vanityfair.com, VanityFair.com, "Theresa May’s Grim Brexit Strategy Comes into Focus," 22 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of headsman

circa 1562, in the meaning defined above

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“Headsman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/headsman. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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