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Definition of "landsman" []

  • One who lives and works on land. (noun)
  • A fellow Jew who comes from the same district or town, especially in Eastern Europe. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "landsman" in a sentence
  • "There's a Yiddish word, "landsman" londs-man which, roughly translated, means "a fellow villager" - a stranger, perhaps, but still someone you welcome because you know they share a common connection in the village of your ancestors."
  • "When I'm in the States and I hear someone speaking French with a Quebecois accent I want to yell out "landsman" even though my French is pretty terrible."
  • "a staunch sea-boat in rough weather, for she could tumble about as much as she pleased without causing much damage to her timbers or risk of her stability; and this roominess, besides, allowed good accommodation aft for a large number of passengers, although in this instance I was the single solitary "landsman" aboard -- that is, if a young shaver of thirteen can be dignified with such a high-sounding title!"