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[jem-uh-dahr] /ˈdʒɛm əˌdɑr/
noun, (in India)
any of various government officials.
the supervisor of a staff of servants.
an officer in a sepoy regiment, corresponding in rank to a lieutenant.
Origin of jemadar
1755-65; < Urdu jamadar, variant of jamdar < Persian < Arabic jamʿ aggregation + Persian dār holding, leader of Unabridged
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  • 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
  • What if they defied him and the jemadar did not support him?

    Cupid in Africa P. C. Wren
  • Then march back, wait for the rear-guard, and report to the jemadar Sahib.

    Cupid in Africa P. C. Wren
  • The jemadar shook his head with incredulous but pained expression.

    Cupid in Africa P. C. Wren
  • Here a friend introduced me to a jemadar in a Gurkha regiment.

    The Unveiling of Lhasa Edmund Candler
  • A few days before all this, I was standing about in the bazaar, when I met a jemadar.

    Strange Stories Grant Allen
British Dictionary definitions for jemadar


a native junior officer belonging to a locally raised regiment serving as mercenaries in India, esp with the British Army (until 1947)
an officer in the Indian police
Word Origin
C18: from Urdu jama `dār, from Persian jama `at body of men + dār having
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