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English definition of “guillotine”

guillotine

noun [C]    /ˈɡɪl·əˌtin/  /ˈɡi·əˌtin/
a device, invented in France, consisting of a sharp blade in a tall frame that was used for killing a person by cutting off his or her head guillotine    /ˈɡɪl·əˌtin/  /ˈɡi·əˌtin/ verb [T] During the French Revolution, thousands of people were guillotined.
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