noun drost·dy \drȯˈstā, -ȯsˈdā\

Definition of drostdy



southern Africa

  1. 1 :  the office or residence of a landdrost

  2. 2 :  the jurisdiction of a landdrost

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Origin and Etymology of drostdy

Afrikaans (now drosdy), from drost sheriff (from Middle Dutch drossāte, from dros- retinue + -sāte commander) + -y (from Middle Dutch -īe, from Old French -ie -y); akin to Old English dryht retinue and to Old English -sæta commander, Old High German -sazzo, derivatives from the root of English sit — more at drudge, sit

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