landsman

noun

lands·​man ˈlan(d)z-mən How to pronounce landsman (audio)
1
: a fellow countryman
2
: a person who lives on the land
especially : one who knows little or nothing of the sea or seamanship

Examples of landsman in a Sentence

during the time he was an American in Paris he felt a special kinship with his fellow landsmen
Recent Examples on the Web Several vessels collided, terrifying the uninitiated landsmen on board. David Grann, The New Yorker, 28 Feb. 2023 Though as a Black man Gould had only limited opportunities for advancement, he was later promoted to landsman and then wardroom steward. New York Times, 17 June 2022 This seems more like a landsman’s longing, for rain to fall on fields and fertilise them. The Economist, 16 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of landsman was in 1598

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“Landsman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/landsman. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

landsman

noun
lands·​man ˈlan(d)z-mən How to pronounce landsman (audio)
: a person who lives or works on land
especially : one who knows little or nothing of the sea and ships
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