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  1. (in British India) a landlord required to pay a land tax to the government.
  2. (in Mogul India) a collector of farm revenue, who paid a fixed sum on the district assigned to him.

Origin of zamindar

1675–85; < Hindi < Persian zamīndār landholder, equivalent to zamīn earth, land + -dār holding, holder
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Examples from the Web for zamindar

Historical Examples

  • The husbands accept as their own any children their wives may bear to the Zamindar.

    Castes and Tribes of Southern India

    Edgar Thurston

  • Adultery within the caste, or with the Zamindar, is tolerated.

  • As in the old days, every soldier in our host shall become a zamindar.

    Barclay of the Guides

    Herbert Strang

  • He wished he had stripped the zamindar whom he had left on the ground.

    Barclay of the Guides

    Herbert Strang

  • The missy sahib whom you saved from the zamindar has a father in Delhi, but she knows not where.

    Barclay of the Guides

    Herbert Strang

British Dictionary definitions for zamindar



  1. (in India) the owner of an agricultural estate

Word Origin

via Hindi from Persian: landholder, from zamīn land + -dār holder
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