Definition of rancelman in English:

rancelman

(also ranselman, ranzelman)

noun

Shetland, Scottish, Orkney
historical
  • A local officer formerly appointed in Orkney and Shetland to investigate thefts and minor offences, and otherwise maintain good order in the district.

Origin

Early 17th century. Origin uncertain. Probably from an unattested Norn compound.

Pronunciation

rancelman

/ˈrans(ə)lmən//ˈrɑːns(ə)lmən/