variants or less commonly mandor or mandur
plural -s
: a native foreman or overseer (as of a sugar plantation or a gang of miners) especially in Malaysia, Java, and the Dutch East Indies

Word History


Dutch & Indonesian; Dutch mandoer, from Indonesian mandur, from Portuguese mandador, literally, one that commands, from Latin mandator

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“Mandoer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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