drost, noun

obsolete. Shortened form of landdrost.
1786 G. Forster tr. of A. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H. I. 222The drost gave us a good reception, and a bed at night.
1798 S.H. Wilcocke tr. of J.S. Stavorinus’s Voy. to E. Indies I. 571Officers are appointed in the interior parts of the colony, called drosts, or sheriffs, who arrest criminals, but have no power of trying or judging them; they must be sent up to the council of justice, to be examined and punished.
Shortened form of landdrost.

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