Definition of landsman in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlan(d)zmən/


1 (plural landsmen) A person unfamiliar with the sea or sailing.
Example sentences
  • He glanced over at Cyril as he spoke, glad to see that the landsman was still standing straighter than usual.
  • He was no seaman, yet those vessels looked too flimsy to his landsman's eye.
  • On page 381 he writes of the French putting to sea with full crews; in fact, the crews consisted largely of untrained landsmen.
2A fellow countryman.
Example sentences
  • We have observed how badly the democratic process has served the landsmen and prefer to operate as free agents.
  • Pete's young landsman, Abrams, emerges from the pre-Civil War gang world, to Civil War battle.
  • The criteria for distribution and settlement tended to be based on the availability of unskilled jobs, proximity to landsmen, and the decision of the sending agent as to which port in the United States the immigrant should be sent.

Words that rhyme with landsman

clansman, clansmen, Klansman, Klansmen, landsmen

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Syllabification: lands·man

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