• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Starost stăr"ŏst A nobleman who possessed a starosty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n starost In Poland, a nobleman possessed of a castle or domain called a starosty.
    • n starost In Russia, the head man of a mir or commune.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Starost stär′ost a Polish noble holding a Star′osty or domain by grant of life-estate from the crown.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pol. starosta, from stary, old
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pol. starosta, elder—stary, old.


In literature:

Barbara forgot nothing which could be agreeable to them, and the starost aided her wonderfully in all her efforts.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. IV. October, 1863, No. IV." by Various
The starost was quite uneasy concerning his wife; they are so happy together, so tenderly united!...
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 5, Issue 2, February, 1864" by Various
Before my birth, Prince Ladiskowi heard of my father from our Staroste, and came to see him.
"The Genius" by Margaret Horton Potter
Such a man was the starost Menka, of whose visit I have already given an account.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
The colonel and the Abbe Vincent awaited us near the entrance of the great hall; we were met by the starost with twelve gentlemen.
"Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No 3, September 1863" by Various
The eldest of the palatine's sons is Starost of Radom, and the younger is a colonel in the king's army.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 2, August, 1863" by Various
The starost called here for a moment; he seemed very, very happy.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 5, November, 1863" by Various
The starosts of Grusino had not had the courage to give him the tidings.
"The Green Book" by Mór Jókai
They arrived yesterday, but I cannot say they are quite as I expected, especially the elder, the Staroste of Radom.
"The Journal of Countess Françoise Krasinska" by Kasimir Dziekonska (translator)
The prince introduced me to his handsome sister, and to several palatins and starosts.
"The Memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt, Vol. V (of VI), "In London and Moscow" The First Complete and Unabridged English Translation, Illustrated with Old Engravings" by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt