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Definition of guillotine noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



, NAmE//ˈɡiəˌtin//
, NAmE//ˌɡiəˈtin//
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a machine, originally from France, for cutting people's heads off. It has a heavy blade that slides down a wooden frame. He was sent to the guillotine in January 1793.
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