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lands·man 1

One who lives and works on land.

lands·man 2

A fellow Jew who comes from the same district or town, especially in Eastern Europe.

[Yiddish, from Middle High German lantsman, countryman : lant, land (from Old High German; see lendh- in Indo-European roots) + man, man (from Old High German; see man- in Indo-European roots).]
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n, pl -men
1. a person who works or lives on land, as distinguished from a seaman
2. a person with no experience at sea


n, pl -men
a Jewish compatriot from the same area of origin as another
[from Yiddish]
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(ˈlændz mən)

n., pl. -men.
1. Also, landman. a person who lives or works on land.
2. an inexperienced sailor or one who has not been to sea before.
[1660–70; compare Middle English londes man inhabitant, Old English landes mann; see land, 's1, man]
usage: See -man.


(ˈlɑnts mən)

n., pl. -men.
a fellow countryman.
[1945–50, Amer.; < Yiddish; see landsman1]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.landsman - a person who lives and works on land
denizen, dweller, habitant, inhabitant, indweller - a person who inhabits a particular place
2.landsman - an inexperienced sailor; a sailor on the first voyage
beginner, initiate, tiro, tyro, novice - someone new to a field or activity
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References in classic literature ?
Thomas Redruth, owner's servant, landsman, shot by the mutineers; James Hawkins, cabin-boy--
Remember (if indeed there be any need to remind you) that it is a flagrant landsman who is telling you this tale.
When I returned again to life, the same uproar, the same confused and violent movements, shook and deafened me; and presently, to my other pains and distresses, there was added the sickness of an unused landsman on the sea.
A landsman could hardly have worn this garb and shown this face, and worn and shown them both with such a galliard air, without undergoing stern question before a magistrate, and probably incurring a fine or imprisonment, or perhaps an exhibition in the stocks.
Experience has since taught me that these great beasts are as terror-stricken by this phenomenon as a landsman by a fog at sea, and that no sooner does a fog envelop them than they make the best of their way to lower levels and a clear atmosphere.
The danger lay in the heavy fog which blanketed the bay, and of which, as a landsman, I had little apprehension.
Iain Landsman, 34, of aberdeen, said: "It will be a gruelling challenge and not everyone will be able to do all of it, but there's a core five of us who are going to walk the entire route.
But as they attempt to raise more than PS10,000 for the trust and its work, Mr Landsman knows this time it will be a little different.
Houlihan Lawrence has welcome local real estate professionals Barbara-Ann Cesaro Benson and Jeffery Landsman to its Yonkers office.
It follows homicide detective Meyer Landsman, a divorced alcoholic, as he solves the mysterious murder of an Orthodox Jewish crime boss who also is considered the potential Messiah.
Oak Park-River Forest's Adam Landsman belted a 2-run walk-off home run as the Huskies stunned Maine West 2-1 in the championship game of the Class 4A Maine West baseball regional Saturday at Triton College in River Grove.
The mare gave Landsman most resistance on her timber debut here and remains open to plenty of progress in her new career.