su·​bah·​dar ˌsü-bə-ˈdär How to pronounce subahdar (audio)
variants or subadar
: a governor of a province
: the chief Indian officer of a company of Indian troops in the British army of India

Word History


Hindi & Urdu sūbadār, sūbedār, from Persian ṣūbadār, from ṣūba province (from Arabic) + -dār one holding

First Known Use

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of subahdar was in 1681

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“Subahdar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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