- Southern African history the chief magistrate of a district
C18: Afrikaans, from Dutch land country + drost sheriff, bailiff
Examples from the Web for landdrost
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.The Boer in Peace and War
Arthur M. Mann
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.
In this proclamation the landdrost's court was ordered to resume its work on Monday, March 19th.