- (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 zemindar
As he rose to go, he thanked the zemindar most heartily for his kindness.
"It is an honour that you have bestowed upon me," the zemindar said, courteously.
The zemindar was half a landlord and half a revenue collector.India Under British Rule
James Talboys Wheeler
Chumru grinned, and the zemindar regarded him with troubled eyes.
Malcolm rode up to the zemindar, who was separated some forty paces from the ekka.
- a variant spelling of zamindar
- (in India) the owner of an agricultural estate
via Hindi from Persian: landholder, from zamīn land + -dār holder