• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Heemraad In Holland, and, until the 19th century, also in Cape Colony, a council to assist a local magistrate in the government of rural districts; hence, also, a member of such a council.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n heemraad A local petty court established by the Dutch in South Africa in 1682 for the settlement of minor disputes between the burghers. It consisted of the landrost and four unpaid assessors who held office for two years.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. heem, village + raad, council, councilor