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drostdy, noun

Forms:
droastdy, droostyShow more Also droastdy, droosty, drosdy, drosdtdy, drosty, and with initial capital.
Plurals:
drostdies.
Origin:
South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch, from Dutch drost bailiff + -dij, -ij, suffix forming an abstract noun indicating function or sphere of influence.
Note:
‘In none of the scientific dictionaries of our language (sc. Dutch) have we found the form drostdy. Still the etymology is very clear: < drost + allomorph suffix -dji (< ij). The meaning should be “office, rank, dignity of drost”, “residence of a drost”. Analogical formations in modern Dutch are makelaardij “brokerage”, “agency” and proosdij “deanery”.’ (P.G.J. van Sterkenburgh, Stichting Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie).
1. In historical contexts. During the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries, a magisterial and administrative district at the Cape over which a landdrost had jurisdiction. Also attributive. See also sub-drostdy.
1796 Statement of Expenditure in G.M. Theal Rec. of Cape Col. (1897) I. 351Sundry officers of the Drostdy of Stellenbosch...Rds 890.
1974 Cape Times 28 Sept. (Suppl.) 1The tree is as old as George itself and George was founded in 1811 — the second Drostdy to be established after the British occupation.
2. In historical contexts. The offices and residence of a landdrost. Also attributive.
1797 Earl Macartney in G.M. Theal Rec. of Cape Col. (1898) II. 101The said Landdrost is there not only to examine the Spot where the Drosty with the best propriety and Convenience could be erected if Government at any Time should resolve to do so; but also what Materials for the Building thereof are to be found in its Vicinity.
1988 D. Hughes et al. Complete Bk of S. Afr. Wine 266Slight damage to the old Drostdy during a storm in 1822 prompted the Governor to transfer the magistrate to new quarters.
3. obsolete. The capital town of a magisterial district.
a1823 J. Ewart Jrnl (1970) 411This Court..is always held in the principal village of the district from that circumstance called the drosdy or seat of the landrost.
1842 R. Godlonton Sketches of E. Districts 51This duty discharged, a visit to the ‘Drostdy’, or market town, affords them an opportunity for laying in a supply of household necessaries.
During the 17th, 18th, and early 19th centuries, a magisterial and administrative district at the Cape over which a landdrost had jurisdiction. Also attributive.
The offices and residence of a landdrost. Also attributive.
The capital town of a magisterial district.

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