za·​min·​dar ˈza-mən-ˌdär How to pronounce zamindar (audio) ˈze- How to pronounce zamindar (audio)
variants or zemindar
: a collector of the land revenue of a district for the government during the period of Mogul rule in India
: a feudal landlord in British India paying the government a fixed revenue

Examples of zamindar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Around Hyderabad in south-central India, many of the baolis were built by kings and zamindars. The Economist, 13 July 2019

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Word History


Hindi & Urdu zamīndār, from Persian, from zamīn land + -dār holder

First Known Use

1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of zamindar was in 1683

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“Zamindar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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