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or sardar

[ser-dahr] /sərˈdɑr/
(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 Unabridged
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  • General considerations later caused the sirdar to allow exemption by payment of (Badalia) 20 before ballot.

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

  • The sirdar, by whose side General Hunter rode, headed the procession, followed by his staff.

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

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • The sirdar wheeled his brigades to the left, into their original position, and marched them straightway towards Omdurman.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • It was the 1897 campaign which put all these places into the sirdar's hands.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • A sirdar bearer (personal attendant, or Indian valet) took charge of my two boxes which contained my wearing apparel.

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

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
  • From these not an ounce of food was issued without the sirdar's direct sanction.

    The River War Winston S. Churchill
  • On my way in I met the sirdar, out, as usual, on an inspecting tour.

    Khartoum Campaign, 1898 Bennet Burleigh
British Dictionary definitions for sirdar


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
Word Origin
from Hindi sardār, from Persian, from sar head + dār possession
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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