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subadar

or subahdar

[soo-buh-dahr] /ˌsu bəˈdɑr/
noun, (formerly, in India)
1.
a provincial governor of the Mogul empire.
2.
the chief native officer of a company of native troops in the British Indian Service.
Origin of subadar
1665-1675
1665-75; < Urdu < Persian, equivalent to ṣūba province + dār holding, holder
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  • A mule was luckily found, and the subadar was sent to the rear.

  • Turning to the Waziri subadar he continued: “Ahmed Khan is thy name?”

    The Disputed V.C. Frederick P. Gibbon
  • I called him subadar Sahib; just as well to be on the safe side, y'know.

    Soldiers Three Rudyard Kipling
  • Mr. Kennedy was wounded, and a subadar and some men of the Guides killed.

  • The subadar major stuck to Lieutenant Cassells, and it is to him the lieutenant owes his life.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • I will quote, in concluding this discussion, the opinion of an old Gurkha subadar who had seen much fighting.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • Pir Baksh, the subadar, waved his sword wildly and led the sepoys in their volleys of deafening applause.

    The Disputed V.C. Frederick P. Gibbon
  • Before Ted could reply the white flag was thrust round the corner and the subadar returned.

    The Disputed V.C. Frederick P. Gibbon
  • “The subadar Sahib has gone out,” replied the sepoy, leaving the room before any other questions could be asked.

    The Disputed V.C. Frederick P. Gibbon
  • Not being a particularly intelligent youth, Tynan began to think there might be something in what the subadar said.

    The Disputed V.C. Frederick P. Gibbon
British Dictionary definitions for subadar

subadar

/ˈsuːbəˌdɑː/
noun
1.
(formerly) the chief native officer of a company of Indian soldiers in the British service Also called subah
Word Origin
C17: via Urdu from Persian, from sūba province + -dār holding
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