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  1. Southern African history the chief magistrate of a district
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Word Origin

C18: Afrikaans, from Dutch land country + drost sheriff, bailiff
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Historical Examples

  • The Landdrost, or chief official of the ward, took the chair.

    Origin of the Anglo-Boer War Revealed (2nd ed.)

    C. H. Thomas

  • Every town has its Landdrost, and every town has its Landdrost's clerk.

  • For each electoral district there is a magistrate or Landdrost, whose duties are similar to those of a Civil Commissioner.

    The Last Boer War

    H. Rider Haggard

  • A district surgeon, clerk, receiver, and second clerk to the landdrost's court were also appointed.

    War's Brighter Side

    Julian Ralph.

  • In this proclamation the landdrost's court was ordered to resume its work on Monday, March 19th.

    War's Brighter Side

    Julian Ralph.