[ 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.


Nearby words

  1. landskip,
  2. landsknecht,
  3. landslide,
  4. landslip,
  5. landsmaal,
  6. landsmanshaft,
  7. landsmål,
  8. landsteiner,
  9. landsteiner, karl,
  10. landsthing

Origin of landsman

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

Usage note

See -man.


[ 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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for landsman


/ (ˈlændzmən) /

noun plural -men

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

noun plural -men

a Jewish compatriot from the same area of origin as another

Word Origin for landsman

from Yiddish

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