variants: or less commonly jaghir or jaghire or jageer or jagheer \ jəˈgi(ə)r \
plural -s

Definition of jagir

: a grant of the public revenues of a district in northern India or Pakistan to a person with power to collect and enjoy them and to administer the government in the district also : the district so assigned, the revenue from it, or the tenure by which it is held — compare enam

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History and Etymology for jagir

Persian jāgīr, from place + -gīr keeping, holding (from giriftan to seize, hold)

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“Jagir.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jagir. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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