Definition of headsman in English:


Syllabification: heads·man
Pronunciation: /ˈhedzmən

noun (plural headsmen)

  • A man who was responsible for beheading condemned prisoners.
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    • Set in the 16th century, it shows us the romantic life of a headsman, that is, the executioner who must chop people's heads off when they misbehave.
    • With the braggart dash and swagger of the soldiers of fortune amongst whom Deutsch had served, the headsman presents the Baptist's head with exaggerated courtliness to Salome.
    • Monmouth himself was captured, and executed by a headsman who botched his job.

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