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sirdar

or sar·dar

[ser-dahr]
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noun
  1. (in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan) a military chief or leader.
  2. (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 sirdar

Historical Examples

  • "This is where Gordon used to stand," the Sirdar stopped us near the parapet.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • Only the Sirdar knew—and gave Fenton leave of absence for a few days.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • Would the Sirdar mind giving me a few details about the fighting on the 17th?

  • It was the 1897 campaign which put all these places into the Sirdar's hands.

  • The Sirdar had but to ask, to receive all the material and men he wished for.


British Dictionary definitions for sirdar

sirdar

noun
  1. a general or military leader in Pakistan and India
  2. (formerly) the title of the British commander in chief of the Egyptian Army
  3. a variant spelling of sardar

Word Origin

from Hindi sardār, from Persian, from sar head + dār possession
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