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(sometimes capital) the chairman of the governing council in any of several Swiss cantons
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C18: Swiss German, from Land country + Ammann, from Amt office + Mannman
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  • The installation of the landammann himself is the closing scene, and the most impressive one.

  • The office of landammann is one (p. 422) of dignity and honor, at least locally, but it is not one of large authority.

    The Governments of Europe Frederic Austin Ogg
  • Footnote 614: In the Landesgemeinde cantons the landammann is elected by the primary assembly.

    The Governments of Europe Frederic Austin Ogg
  • With hands uplifted the vast crowd repeats the phrases word by word as they are spoken by the landammann.

  • An address by the landammann follows, and then the business of the day is entered upon.

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