Definition of Headman

1. Noun. An executioner who beheads the condemned person.

Exact synonyms: Headsman
Generic synonyms: Executioner, Public Executioner



2. Noun. The head of a tribe or clan.
Exact synonyms: Chief, Chieftain, Tribal Chief
Generic synonyms: Leader
Specialized synonyms: Indian Chief, Indian Chieftain, Pendragon
Specialized synonyms: Glendower, Owen Glendower, Hrolf, Rolf, Rollo
Derivative terms: Chieftainship

Definition of Headman

1. n. A head or leading man, especially of a village community.

Definition of Headman

1. Noun. (alternative spelling of head man) ¹

2. Noun. (informal) headmaster ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Headman

1. a foreman [n HEADMEN] - See also: foreman

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Headman

headlined
headliner
headliners
headlines
headlinese
headling
headlining
headlit
headlock
headlocks
headlong
headlongness
headlongs
headloss
headly
headman (current term)
headmark
headmarks
headmaster
headmasterly
headmasters
headmastership
headmasterships
headmen
headmistress
headmistress-ship
headmistress-ships
headmistresses
headmistressship
headmistressships

Literary usage of Headman

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1. The Province of Burma: A Report Prepared on Behalf of the University of Chicago by Alleyne Ireland (1907)
"The headman may fine any person who without 0 reasonable excuse refuses or ... If the headman thinks this punishment insufficient, he may complain to a ..."

2. The Missionary Magazine by American Baptist Foreign Mission Society (1855)
"Then again, where the headman is favorably inclined, all the people ... They no longer speak of the headman's believing, as a condition of their faith. ..."

3. The Works of Jeremy Bentham by Jeremy Bentham, John Bowring (1843)
"Whatsoever the Local headman, as euch, does, the Local Registrar records. ... To every act of the headman, the Registrar attaches his opinion. ..."

4. Big Game Shooting by Clive Phillipps-Wolley (1894)
"The first thing to be done is to engage a really good headman ... So much depends on the headman that a really good one is worth a dozen who call themselves ..."

5. State Of The Nation: South Africa 2004-2005 by John Daniel, Roger Southall, Jessica Lutchman (2005)
"The process of allocating land started at a local, sub-headman area and was ... If the land was available, the applicant approached the sub-headman of the ..."

6. The History of India: The Hindu and Mahometan Periods by Mountstuart Elphinstone (1874)
"He watches the crops, is the public guide and messenger, and is, next to the headman, the principal officer of police. In this capacity he keeps watch at ..."

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