- (in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan) a military chief or leader.
- (formerly) the British commander of the Egyptian army.
Origin of sirdar
1605–15; < Hindi sardār < Persian
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Examples from the Web for sardar
The idea that this journey is being transformed into a “pay-per-prayer” weekend, as Sardar notes, is heart wrenching and worrying.For Rent: Priceless Historic Sites
November 16, 2014
The sardar's harem has less decoration than the state apartments.
The late Sardar Lachman Singh will go down to posterity as a hero, because he knew how to die.The Wheel of Fortune
Then at a signal from their sardar (leader), they bound Chandra Babu hand and foot and squatted round him in a circle.Tales of Bengal
S. B. Banerjea
He was brought down to us from Afghanistan by a friendly Sardar, who had taken an interest in him.Among the Wild Tribes of the Afghan Frontier
T. L. Pennell
One chamber, called the Hall of the Sardar, bears witness to former splendour in its decorations.
- a title used before the name of Sikh men
- a leader
Hindi, from Persian
- a general or military leader in Pakistan and India
- (formerly) the title of the British commander in chief of the Egyptian Army
- a variant spelling of sardar
from Hindi sardār, from Persian, from sar head + dār possession
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