headman "chief man, leader," O.E. heafodman; see HEAD (Cf. head) (adj.) + MAN (Cf. man) (n.). Cognate with Ger. Hauptmann "captain."

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  • Headman — Head man (h[e^]d m[a^]n ), n.; pl. {Headmen} ( m[e^]n ). [AS. he[ a]fodman.] A head or leading man, especially of a village community …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • headman — index chairman, chief Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • headman — ► NOUN ▪ the chief or leader of a tribe …   English terms dictionary

  • headman — [hed′mən, hed′man΄] n. pl. headmen [hed′mən, hed′men΄] [ME hevidmon < OE heafodmann] 1. a leader, chief, or overseer 2. Rare a headsman …   English World dictionary

  • headman — UK [ˈhedmən] / US noun [countable] Word forms headman : singular headman plural headmen UK [ˈhedmən] / US the leader of a village or large family group …   English dictionary

  • headman — noun headmaster The headman came and talked to me. See Also: hetman …   Wiktionary

  • headman — [[t]he̱dmən[/t]] headmen N COUNT A headman is the chief or leader of a tribe in a village …   English dictionary

  • headman — head, headman *chief, leader, chieftain, master …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • headman — noun Date: before 12th century 1. a. foreman, overseer b. a lesser chief of a primitive community 2. headsman …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • headman — /hed meuhn, man /, n., pl. headmen / meuhn, men /. 1. a chief or leader. 2. headsman. [bef. 1000; ME he(ve)dman, OE heafodman. See HEAD, MAN1] * * * …   Universalium

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