sirdar

noun
sir·​dar | \ ˈsər-ˌdär How to pronounce sirdar (audio) , sər-ˈdär \
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Definition of sirdar

1a : a person of high rank (such as a hereditary noble) especially in India
b : the commander of the Anglo-Egyptian army
2 : one (such as a foreman) holding a responsible position especially in India

Examples of sirdar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kanchha, then 19 years old, saw the teams passing through Namche on their way to the mountain and noticed Tenzing Norgay, the charismatic sirdar (foreman) of the expeditions’ high-altitude porters. Freddie Wilkinson, National Geographic, "He’s the last surviving member of the first expedition to summit Everest," 17 June 2019 In 1992, Lakpa Rita was working his first season as a sirdar, or head Sherpa, for AAI. Anna Callaghan, Outside Online, "Kami Rita Summits Everest for 22nd Time," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of sirdar

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for sirdar

Hindi & Urdu sardār, from Pers

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Cite this Entry

“Sirdar.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sirdar. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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