Definition of “guillotine” - English Dictionary

“guillotine” in British English

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guillotinenoun

uk /ˈɡɪl.ə.tiːn/ us /ˈɡɪl.ə.tiːn/

guillotine noun (DEVICE)

[ C or S ] a device, invented in France, consisting of a sharp blade in a tall frame, used in the past for killing criminals by cutting off their heads:

King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette went to the guillotine (= were killed by the guillotine) during the French Revolution.

[ C ] UK a device with a long sharp blade that is used for cutting large quantities of paper

guillotine noun (LIMIT)

[ C ] UK specialized politics a limit on the amount of discussion allowed about a particular law in Parliament, made by setting a fixed time before a final vote must be taken

guillotineverb [ T ]

uk /ˈɡɪl.ə.tiːn/ us /ˈɡɪl.ə.tiːn/

guillotine verb [ T ] (LIMIT)

UK specialized politics to set a fixed time before a final vote must be taken on a particular law in Parliament:

The bill was guillotined at the committee stage.

(Definition of “guillotine” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“guillotine” in American English

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guillotinenoun [ C ]

us /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
verb [ T ] us /ˈɡɪl·əˌtin/ /ˈɡi·əˌtin/

During the French Revolution, thousands of people were guillotined.

(Definition of “guillotine” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)