Ah! Now we're getting somewhere. In the German, it is clearly "stead", rather than "city." I suspect that, with all these terms, there is a common root meaning "place," as in "a particular location," while later, you get a more abstract meaning, as in "one's place in society."Originally Posted by Sophianumg@mer
I think the meaning of the term was never really in question: A person who fills a function, who is in charge de facto, but not de jure; in that he rules/governs/administers in someone else's name.