- a person who lives on land
Origin of landsmanpartly via Yiddish ; from Middle High German lantsman, for earlier lantman ; from Old High German ; from lant, land + man, man a fellow countryman; compatriot
Origin of landsmanYiddish, 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-1 in Indo-European roots).
- The opposite of a seaman. A person who does not go to sea, who lacks the skills of a sailor or who is uncomfortable on ships or boats.
- (oil and gas industry) A person who negotiates leases, contracts and other business deals between producers and landowners.
- A fellow Jew who comes from the same district or town, especially in Eastern Europe
- Someone of a similar heritage or belief system
land's + -man. In meanings 3 and 4, influenced by Yiddish לאַנדסמאַן (landsman).