land·​drost | \ ˈlan(d)ˌdrȯst \
variants: or less commonly landtrost \ -​ˌtr-​ \
plural -s

Definition of landdrost

: a Boer magistrate in a rural district of South Africa prior to the establishment of British administration the special court … of three landdrosts with a jury— Manfred Nathan

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History and Etymology for landdrost

Afrikaans landdros (formerly spelled landdrost), from land land, country (from Middle Dutch) + drost sheriff; akin to Old High German lant land

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“Landdrost.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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