lands·​man | \ ˈlan(d)z-mən How to pronounce landsman (audio) \

Definition of landsman

1 : a fellow countryman
2 : a person who lives on the land especially : one who knows little or nothing of the sea or seamanship

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Synonyms for landsman


compatriot, countryman

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Examples of landsman in a Sentence

during the time he was an American in Paris he felt a special kinship with his fellow landsmen

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This seems more like a landsman’s longing, for rain to fall on fields and fertilise them. The Economist, "The West Wind," 16 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of landsman

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of landsman was in 1598

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