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[dawk, dahk] /dɔk, dɑk/
transportation by relays of people or horses, especially in the East Indies.
mail delivered by such transportation.
Origin of dak
First recorded in 1820-30, dak is from the Hindi word ḍāk


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Historical Examples
  • dak ya pl yapi you, and our you are probably also of this base.

  • The dak bungalow serves the purpose of a hotel and is located at stations.

  • Leaving his baggage at the dak bungalow, he strolled afoot to the large and handsome mansion indicated.

    The Woodlands Orchids Frederick Boyle
  • The snows reminded Winn in a jolly way of Kashmir and nights spent alone on dizzy heights in a dak bungalow.

    The Dark Tower Phyllis Bottome
  • He had a vague memory of hiring a dak cart driver to take him down the road.

    Insidekick Jesse Franklin Bone
  • dak bungalows take the place of hotels in the smaller cities of India, but even these are absent in remote towns.

  • It stared at the dak caravans maneuvering with ponderous delicacy through the swarming crowds.

    Insidekick Jesse Franklin Bone
  • The cart was moving at a brisk pace despite the apparently leisurely movements of the dak between the shafts.

    Insidekick Jesse Franklin Bone
  • So you travel day in day out, spending nights in dak bungalows with nothing to eat but tins.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch
  • There's a dak bungalow where he could put up, a charming place in a compound, with a servant in attendance.

    From Edinburgh to India & Burmah William G. Burn Murdoch
British Dictionary definitions for dak


noun (formerly, in India)
  1. a system of mail delivery or passenger transport by relays of bearers or horses stationed at intervals along a route
  2. (as modifier): dak bearers
Word Origin
C18: from Hindi dāk, from Sanskrit drāk quickly


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