Definition of field cornet in English:
nounSouth African historical
1A civilian official invested with the rank and responsibilities of a military officer and with judicial powers enabling him to act as a local administrator and magistrate.
- They referred me to the Field Cornet, who denied the use of explosive bullets.
- Later that day Commandant de Beer and Field Cornet Grobbelaar came personally to the laager to urge Gen. Cronje to attempt his escape.
translating South African Dutch veld kornet, from veld 'field' + kornet, specifying a military rank.