Headsman meaning

hĕdz'mən
An executioner, especially one who executes by beheading.
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An executioner who beheads those condemned to die.
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An executioner whose method of dispatching the condemned is decapitation.
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1885 — Gilbert & Sullivan, The Mikado.

And made him Headsman, for we said,

"Who's next to be decapited.

Cannot cut off another's head.

Until he's cut his own off[....]"

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Origin of headsman

  • From head’s +‎ man.
    From Wiktionary