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jemadar

[jem-uh-dahr]
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noun (in India)
  1. any of various government officials.
  2. the supervisor of a staff of servants.
  3. an officer in a sepoy regiment, corresponding in rank to a lieutenant.
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Origin of jemadar

1755–65; < Urdu jamadar, variant of jamdar < Persian < Arabic jamʿ aggregation + Persian dār holding, leader of
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Examples from the Web for jemadar

Historical Examples

  • As close as you wish them to be, Jemadar; but we must be paid.

    Confessions of a Thug

    Philip Meadows Taylor

  • And he wrote a note to the Jemadar, informing him who I was, and how I had been connected with him of old.

    Confessions of a Thug

    Philip Meadows Taylor

  • The Jemadar looked annoyed—and distinctly felt as he looked.

    Cupid in Africa

    P. C. Wren

  • The Jemadar began to ask questions, and Bertram began to dislike the Jemadar.

    Cupid in Africa

    P. C. Wren

  • The Jemadar hastened to explain that he fully understood, as Bertram strode off.

    Cupid in Africa

    P. C. Wren


British Dictionary definitions for jemadar

jemadar

noun
  1. a native junior officer belonging to a locally raised regiment serving as mercenaries in India, esp with the British Army (until 1947)
  2. an officer in the Indian police
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Word Origin

C18: from Urdu jama `dār, from Persian jama `at body of men + dār having
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