The chief man especially of a tribal or traditional village.(noun)
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Use "headman" in a sentence
"Now the murder of a native government headman is a serious matter in those parts."
"And whereas in Taiwan the cabessas were selected by the Chinese community itself, in Batavia the headman was appointed by the company. 23 His job was to act as a representative of the Chinese population in discussions with the Dutch leadership in Batavia, to execute the company's instructions among the Chinese community, and to administer justice among the Chinese."
"He also made him a present of an oldish horse which he had got; he had heard that the headman was a priest of the sun, and so he could fatten up the beast and sacrifice him; otherwise he was afraid it might die outright, for it had been injured by the long marching."