landsman

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[ landz-muh n ]
/ ˈlændz mən /

noun, plural lands·men.

Also landman. a person who lives or works on land.
an inexperienced sailor or one who has not been to sea before.

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Origin of landsman

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before 1000 for sense “native”; Middle English landes man, londes man, Old English landes mann; see land, 's1, -man

usage note for landsman

See -man.

Definition for landsman (2 of 2)

landsman2
[ lahnts-muh n ]
/ ˈlɑnts mən /

noun, plural lands·leit [lahnts-lahyt] /ˈlɑnts laɪt/, English lands·men. Yiddish.

a person from the same town, geographical area, region, etc., as another; compatriot.
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British Dictionary definitions for landsman (1 of 2)

landsman1
/ (ˈlændzmən) /

noun plural -men

a person who works or lives on land, as distinguished from a seaman
a person with no experience at sea

British Dictionary definitions for landsman (2 of 2)

landsman2
/ (ˈlændzmən) /

noun plural -men

a Jewish compatriot from the same area of origin as another

Word Origin for landsman

from Yiddish
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