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zemindar

[zuh-meen-dahr]
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noun
  1. zamindar.

zamindar

or ze·min·dar

[zuh-meen-dahr]
noun
  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 zemindar

Historical Examples

  • As he rose to go, he thanked the zemindar most heartily for his kindness.

    At the Point of the Bayonet

    G. A. Henty

  • "It is an honour that you have bestowed upon me," the zemindar said, courteously.

  • The zemindar was half a landlord and half a revenue collector.

    India Under British Rule

    James Talboys Wheeler

  • Chumru grinned, and the zemindar regarded him with troubled eyes.

    The Red Year

    Louis Tracy

  • Malcolm rode up to the zemindar, who was separated some forty paces from the ekka.

    The Red Year

    Louis Tracy


British Dictionary definitions for zemindar

zemindar

noun
  1. a variant spelling of zamindar
Derived Formszemindari, noun

zamindar

zemindar

noun
  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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