a noncommissioned officer in the Indian army, equivalent in rank to sergeant

Word Origin for havildar

C17: from Hindi, from Persian hawāldār one in charge
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Examples from the Web for havildar

Historical Examples of havildar

  • At the same time, you had better take your havildar and his troopers with you.

  • The havildar who was in charge of them was, fortunately, one of those of Lisle's company.

  • A Havildar then volunteered to mount the hill with ammunition.

  • Unfortunately for Ted, Ambar Singh, the havildar, could not be traced.

    The Disputed V.C.

    Frederick P. Gibbon

  • The Havildar said:' Give us no trouble, and we will give you no trouble.

    Soldiers Three

    Rudyard Kipling