sir·​dar ˈsər-ˌdär How to pronounce sirdar (audio)
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: a person of high rank (such as a hereditary noble) especially in India
: the commander of the Anglo-Egyptian army
: 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, 17 June 2019 In 1992, Lakpa Rita was working his first season as a sirdar, or head Sherpa, for AAI. Anna Callaghan, Outside Online, 16 May 2018

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Word History


Hindi & Urdu sardār, from Pers

First Known Use

1595, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of sirdar was in 1595

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“Sirdar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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