Definition of headman in US English:



  • The chief or leader of a community or tribe.

    • ‘I went there around September and thanks to the village headman, the council leader and some of the village dignitaries held a banquet in my honor.’
    • ‘This is where community leaders such chiefs, headmen and indeed agricultural extension officers need to step in and carry out a massive education campaign.’
    • ‘Village chiefs or headmen usually have more than one wife.’
    • ‘Local headmen and tribal chiefs, on whom his regime relies, were given even larger awards of between 500 and 750 percent.’
    • ‘However, conscription quotas placed on African chiefs or headmen in the Reserves undermined the legitimacy of the colonial regime on the ground.’
    • ‘It is based on the traditional model of Lakota government, where the headman of each band represented the band's tribe, and the headman of each Lakota tribe represented the Greater Sioux Council.’
    • ‘Often in debt, they are economically and politically dependent on local headmen and landlords.’
    • ‘The council consists of the headman, priest, village watchman, and four or five elders.’
    • ‘The system of chieftaincy follows the progression of paramount chief (the king), senior chiefs, sub-chiefs, headmen and sub-headmen.’
    • ‘This message was delivered in church sermons, but also in the headman's addresses to the community.’
    • ‘Tribal affiliations had to be ‘redefined’ and, after some conflict, different groups associated themselves with different chiefs and headmen.’
    • ‘Far from exhibiting any shame over his actions, W had asked the headman's son to write on his behalf to all the chiefs in defence of his actions.’
    • ‘It is run by a headman to whom most of the villagers are related.’
    • ‘On land administration, the villagers said a committee of 10 people with representation of chiefs, headmen and other stakeholders should be formed at village level to ensure transparency when giving out land.’
    • ‘Seeing chiefs, village headmen and politicians crying for free food for their constituents may give the impression that the bumper harvest was something of a hoax.’
    • ‘They provided the loyal headmen to displace recalcitrant chiefs, as well as mission-educated ministers, teachers, and agricultural demonstrators, who became the models and ideologues for a new African identity.’
    • ‘About 300 people, including the headmen of 10 communities and children and teachers from Coffee Bay schools, attended the function.’
    • ‘Chiefs and headmen are important figures both in villages and nationally, although they are forbidden to be active in party politics.’
    • ‘Other peoples had military leaders, tribal chiefs, or headmen, but not officials.’
    • ‘All land was owned and allocated by the king through chiefs and headmen.’
    chief, chieftain, leader, ruler, head, overlord, master, commander, suzerain, seigneur, lord, liege, liege lord, potentate
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