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landammann

noun
  1. (sometimes capital) the chairman of the governing council in any of several Swiss cantons
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Word Origin

C18: Swiss German, from Land country + Ammann, from Amt office + Mann man
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Historical Examples

  • An address by the Landammann follows, and then the business of the day is entered upon.

    The Story of Switzerland

    Lina Hug

  • The installation of the Landammann himself is the closing scene, and the most impressive one.

  • The office of Landammann is one (p. 422) of dignity and honor, at least locally, but it is not one of large authority.

    The Governments of Europe

    Frederic Austin Ogg

  • Footnote 614: In the Landesgemeinde cantons the Landammann is elected by the primary assembly.

    The Governments of Europe

    Frederic Austin Ogg

  • With hands uplifted the vast crowd repeats the phrases word by word as they are spoken by the Landammann.