|Origin:||, from Joseph Guillotin (1738-1814), French doctor who invented it|
a piece of equipment used to cut off the heads of criminals, especially in France in the past
2TCN British English
a piece of equipment used to cut large sheets of paper
3 British EnglishPGP
the setting of a time limit on a discussion in the British parliament:
Opposition leaders accused the government of introducing a guillotine motion to stifle debate.