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a noncommissioned officer in the Indian army, equivalent in rank to sergeant
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi, from Persian hawāldār one in charge
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  • At the same time, you had better take your havildar and his troopers with you.

  • The havildar who was in charge of them was, fortunately, one of those of Lisle's company.

  • A havildar then volunteered to mount the hill with ammunition.

  • Unfortunately for Ted, Ambar Singh, the havildar, could not be traced.

    The Disputed V.C. Frederick P. Gibbon
  • The havildar said:' Give us no trouble, and we will give you no trouble.

    Soldiers Three Rudyard Kipling
  • Also, the big Police-book that was in the havildar's charge was gone.

    Soldiers Three Rudyard Kipling
  • A havildar of the 4th said, “Sahib, is not our march one of the greatest on record?”

  • When the havildar had marched him up in front of me he stood quietly at attention.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
  • What do you do if a havildar or Naik or Sepoy is late for parade?

    Cupid in Africa P. C. Wren
  • Bertram signalled a halt and turned to the havildar at the head of the advance-guard.

    Cupid in Africa P. C. Wren

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