Definition of headborough in US English:

headborough

noun

historical
  • In Anglo-Saxon and later medieval England: the chief member of a tithing or borrow in a system of frank-pledge. Later: a parish officer having the same role and function as a petty constable.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in Inquisition Post Mortem. From head + borrow.

Pronunciation

headborough

/ˈhɛdb(ə)rə/