abkar

noun
ab·​kar | \ ˈäbˌkär \
plural -s

Definition of abkar

India
: a wine seller : distiller also : one whose trade is subject to abkari tax

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of abkar

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abkar

Persian ābkār, from āb “water, liquid” (from Old Persian āpi-) + -kār “doer” (from Middle Persian); akin to Avestan āfsh (accusative singular āpəm) “water,” Sanskrit ap-, Lithuanian ùpė, Old Prussian ape “river,” Greek Apia “Peloponnesus” and to Sanskrit kāra “doing”

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about abkar

Time Traveler for abkar

Time Traveler

The first known use of abkar was in 1825

See more words from the same year

Statistics for abkar

Cite this Entry

“Abkar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/abkar. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

Comments on abkar

What made you want to look up abkar? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!