stadthuis, noun

Forms:
staats huis, stadhuisShow more Also staats huis, stadhuis, stadt-huis, and with initial capital.
Origin:
South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch (from Dutch) stadhuis.
obs.
stadt-house.
1822 W.J. Burchell Trav. I. 73The Stadhuis, or Burgher Senate-house, is a large, handsome building, appropriated to the transacting of public business of a civic nature. It stands in the middle of the town, on one side of the square called Groente Plein, in which a daily market for vegetables is held.
1841 B. Shaw Memorials 14The public buildings of this metropolis are the castle, barracks, stadt-huis, custom house, commercial exchange, town jail, and the colonial offices.
1851 H. Ward Cape & Kaffirs 3The public edifices [of Cape Town] numerous and substantial, including the Government House, the Stadthuis, or Municipality, several handsome churches, an exchange, and an observatory.
1882 C. Du Val With Show through Sn Afr. I. 137Righteous wrath at the temerity exhibited by any outsider in venturing to question the excellence of the arrangements of the ‘Staats Huis’, or town hall.
1883 M.A. Carey-Hobson Farm in Karoo 274The Dutch Church is the finest as well as the oldest public building in the place, unless, it may be, the Drosdtdy, or ‘Stadt-huis.’
stadt-house.
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