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From South African Dutch landdrost, from land + drost.


landdrost (plural landdrosts)

  1. (historical) A type of magistrate in South Africa, abolished under the British in 1827.
    • 1979, André Brink, A Dry White Season, Vintage 1998, p. 160:
      Remember the words of the young Bibault in the revolt against Van der Stel in 1706: ‘I shall not go. I am an Afrikaner and even if the landdrost kills me or puts me in jail I refuse to hold my tongue.’