mehtar

noun
meh·​tar
variants: or less commonly mehter \ ˈmātə(r) \
plural -s

Definition of mehtar

1 : a groom or stable boy in Iran
2 usually capitalized : a member of a harijan caste of sweepers and scavengers in India

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History and Etymology for mehtar

Persian mihtar prince, greater, elder, from mih great (from Middle Persian meh, mas) + -tar, comparative suffix (from Middle Persian, from Old Persian -tara-)

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“Mehtar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mehtar. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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