noun by·wo·ner \ˈbīˌvōnə(r), ˈbāˌv-\

Definition of bywoner



southern Africa

  1. :  a laborer or farmer working another person's land: a :  squatter b :  sharecropper

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Origin and Etymology of bywoner

Afrikaans, from by with, at (from Middle Dutch ) + woner dweller (from woon to dwell—from Middle Dutch wōnen—+ -er); akin to Old High German with, at, and to Old High German wonēn to dwell — more at by, wont

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capable of being understood in two ways

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