zamindar

noun
za·​min·​dar | \ ˈza-mən-ˌdär How to pronounce zamindar (audio) , ˈze- How to pronounce zamindar (audio) ; zə-ˌmēn-ˈdär \
variants: or zemindar

Definition of zamindar

1 : a collector of the land revenue of a district for the government during the period of Mogul rule in India
2 : 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, "India’s magnificent stepwells are relics of a nuanced history," 13 July 2019

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First Known Use of zamindar

1683, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for zamindar

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

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“Zamindar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zamindar. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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