head man

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From Middle English hede man, hedeman, hæfd-man, hæfedd mann, from Old English hēafod-mann (chief; leader; headman), from Proto-Germanic *haubudamann-, *haubidamann- (headman), equivalent to head +‎ man. Cognate with Dutch hoofdman (chief; chieftain), German Hauptmann (captain), Swedish huvudman (chief; principal; leader). Compare also English headsman.

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head man (plural head men)

  1. The person in charge of an organization, clan, tribe, or other group.
  2. The leader of a village.
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