- (in British India) a landlord required to pay a land tax to the government.
- (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 zamindar
Adultery within the caste, or with the Zamindar, is tolerated.
The husbands accept as their own any children their wives may bear to the Zamindar.
As in the old days, every soldier in our host shall become a zamindar.
He wished he had stripped the zamindar whom he had left on the ground.
The missy sahib whom you saved from the zamindar has a father in Delhi, but she knows not where.
- (in India) the owner of an agricultural estate
via Hindi from Persian: landholder, from zamīn land + -dār holder