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maidan

[mahy-dahn] /maɪˈdɑn/
noun, (esp. in India)
1.
an open area or space in or near a town, often used as a marketplace or parade ground.
Origin of maidan
1615-1625
1615-25; < Hindi maidān < Persian < Arabic maydān
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  • When they reached the maidan, they found that it was a gentle, grassy slope.

  • She wished to appear so trustful of Edward that maidan could not possibly have any suspicions.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
  • For this a place was selected on the maidan, as we call the bare flat plain.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • We were sent to these Turkish barracks near the north gate on the maidan.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • South of maidan are several suburbs, and beyond these a zoological garden.

    Reminiscences Hans Mattson
British Dictionary definitions for maidan

maidan

/mæˈdɑːn/
noun
1.
(in Pakistan, India, etc) an open space used for meetings, sports, etc
Word Origin
Urdu, from Arabic
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