from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A public executioner who beheads condemned prisoners.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An executioner whose method of dispatching the condemned is decapitation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An executioner who cuts off heads.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A chief person; a head man.
  • n. One who cuts off the heads of condemned persons; a public executioner.
  • n. A laborer in a colliery who conveys the coal from the workings to the horseway.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an executioner who beheads the condemned person


From head’s +‎ man. (Wiktionary)



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