drostdy

noun

drost·​dy
drȯˈstā,
-ȯsˈdā
plural -s
southern Africa
1
: the office or residence of a landdrost
2
: the jurisdiction of a landdrost

Word History

Etymology

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

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“Drostdy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drostdy. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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