veld commandant, noun phrase

Forms:
Also veldt commandant.
Origin:
South African Dutch, DutchShow more South African Dutch, from Dutch veld field (of battle) + commandant, see commandant.
historical
commandant sense 1.
1799 F.R. Bresler in G.M. Theal Rec. of Cape Col. (1898) II. 392I furnished to all the Veldwachtmeesters and Veld Commandants a certain quantity of Gunpowder and Shot in order to enable them to maintain good order in their several Districts.
1802 F. Dundas in S.D. Naudé Kaapse Plakkaatboek Deel V (1950) 277I do hereby require all the Heemraaden, Veld Commandants, Veld Cornets and others severally & respectively inhabitants of the district of Graaf-Reinet to pay due attention and implicit obedience to the said Major Sherlock.
1824 W.J. Burchell Trav. II. 119They wear no uniform, but are divided into squadrons under the command of a veld commandant, who is also a boor, nominated by the government, and who at all times retains that title, and with it, a rank superior to that of veldcornet.
1827 G. Thompson Trav. 389The Veld-Commandant, whose place I had now reached, I found to be a man of great substance as a stock farmer.
1971 [see field commandant].
commandant1.
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