or sar·dar



(in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan) a military chief or leader.
(formerly) the British commander of the Egyptian army.

Origin of sirdar

1605–15; < Hindi sardār < Persian Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of sardar

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Historical Examples of sardar

British Dictionary definitions for sardar



noun (in India)

a title used before the name of Sikh men
a leader

Word Origin for sardar

Hindi, from Persian



a general or military leader in Pakistan and India
(formerly) the title of the British commander in chief of the Egyptian Army
a variant spelling of sardar

Word Origin for sirdar

from Hindi sardār, from Persian, from sar head + dār possession
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