Definition of behead in English:


Syllabification: be·head
Pronunciation: /biˈhed


  • Cut off the head of (someone), typically as a form of execution: (as noun beheading) public beheadings
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    • Most likely it was some tradition from the days long ago when the executioners would personally behead the criminals.
    • People were beheaded and killed during the last five weeks of the war.
    • They hold hands as the line in front of them thins, as the prisoners are beheaded one by one.
    decapitate, cut/chop/lop someone's head off, guillotine


Old English behēafdian; from be- 'off' (expressing removal) + hēafod (see head).

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