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[buh-haw-doo r, -hah-]
noun (often initial capital letter)
  1. a title of respect commonly affixed to the names of European officers in Indian documents or used in ceremonious mention by Indians: Jonas Sahib Bahadur.
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Origin of bahadur

1770–80; < Hindi bahādur brave, brave person < Persian, probably < Mongolian; compare Classical Mongolian baγatur, with same sense < Turkic, perhaps originally a Turkic personal name
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Examples from the Web for bahadur

Historical Examples

  • He soon discovered the luke-warmness of Bahadur Khan, the ruler.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 9


  • Bahadur Khan was disinclined to help Akbar to conquer the Deccan.

  • In the end Bahadur drove them back to the mountains, and there was peace.

    Jones of the 64th

    F. S. (Frederick Sadleir) Brereton

  • In 1707 Aurengzebe died, and Bahadur Shah ascended the throne.

  • Bahadur Shah, so went the story, was hurling his armies against Chitor.

    Caravans By Night

    Harry Hervey

British Dictionary definitions for bahadur


  1. (often in combination) a title formerly conferred by the British on distinguished Indians
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Word Origin

C18: from Hindi bahādur hero, from Persian: valiant
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