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or su·bah·dar

noun (formerly, in India)
  1. a provincial governor of the Mogul empire.
  2. the chief native officer of a company of native troops in the British Indian Service.
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Origin of subadar

1665–75; < Urdu < Persian, equivalent to ṣūba province + dār holding, holder
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Examples from the Web for subadar

Historical Examples of subadar

  • A mule was luckily found, and the subadar was sent to the rear.

    Through Three Campaigns

    G. A. Henty

  • Turning to the Waziri subadar he continued: “Ahmed Khan is thy name?”

    The Disputed V.C.

    Frederick P. Gibbon

  • I called him Subadar Sahib; just as well to be on the safe side, y'know.

    Soldiers Three

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Mr. Kennedy was wounded, and a Subadar and some men of the Guides killed.

  • The subadar major stuck to Lieutenant Cassells, and it is to him the lieutenant owes his life.

British Dictionary definitions for subadar



  1. (formerly) the chief native officer of a company of Indian soldiers in the British serviceAlso called: subah
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Word Origin for subadar

C17: via Urdu from Persian, from sūba province + -dār holding
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