axeman

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Etymology[edit]

axe + man. Interestingly, the "sax" part of saxophone, whilst in the general sense comes from the surname of its maker, ultimately goes back to sax, meaning a bladed weapon. The surname of Adolphe Sax is a variant of Sachs, which means "Saxon". Saxon ultimately goes back to the same root as sax.

Noun[edit]

axeman (plural axemen)

  1. A man who wields an axe.
  2. (informal, music) A musician who plays a guitar or saxophone.
    • 1981, Kurt Loder, "Rolling Stone ," Anchorage Daily News / King Features Syndicate, 18 June, p. G6:
      Ex-Aerosmith axeman Joe Perry has finished recording his first solo effort, "I've Got the Rock 'n' Rolls Again."