Definition of remskoen in US English:


(also remschoon, remschoen, riemschoen)


South African
  • 1A brake shoe or skid of iron or heavy timber, used on the rear wheels of a wagon prior to the invention of the screw-brake. Now historical except in figurative use.

  • 2More fully "remskoen party". A reactionary or obscurantist group or influence in politics, especially in the Cape parliament before the unification of South Africa in 1910. Now historical and rare.


Early 19th century. From South African Dutch, Dutch remschoen from Dutch rem brake or its etymon remmen to brake (probably cognate with Old English hremman to hinder) + schoen. The some forms show substitution of shoe for the second element.