Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The highest non-commissioned officer in a native regiment in India; a sepoy sergeant. The term is adopted in the British Indian army for a native sergeant.
- n. A military rank of the British Indian Army and of the modern armies of India and Pakistan, equivalent to sergeant.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. In the British Indian armies, a noncommissioned officer of native soldiers, corresponding to a sergeant.
- From Persian حوالدار, from Arabic حواله ("charge") + Persian دار ("holder"). (Wiktionary)
“But Speedy swore by them, and to my gratification their havildar was a leathery veteran from the Mogala country who claimed to remember “Bloody Lance ", as he addressed me, pouring out the old tale of how Ifflass-mann slaughtered the four Gilzais — so much lying tommy-rot, you understand, but I dare say I could still dine out on it in the caravanserais along the Jugdulluk road.”
“Whiting swore, and struggled with him, but the mutineer - a big, black-moustached havildar with a Chillianwallah medal - threw him down and wrested his musket away.”
“What happened was that the havildar-major came along the rank, with two naiks carrying big bags of cartridges, of which he offered three to each skirmisher.”
“You have seen the havildar-major, a soldier of high caste, take the cartridge.”
“The havildar came out of the dark, with two troopers behind him.”
“Then they helped me down, and sponged my head and gave me a drink, and their havildar says:”
“Look at the havildar-major - look at Makarram Khan!”
“Sher Khan, havildar, * (* Sergeant.) lately of Ismeet Sahib's company of the Guides,7 as your honour says," croaks he.”
“While the drum beat slowly, a havildar and two naiks went along the ranks of the prisoners, tearing the buttons off the uniform coats; they had been half cut off before-hand, to make the tearing easy, and soon in front of the long grey line there were little scattered piles of buttons, gleaming dully in the sultry light; the grey coats hung loose, like sacks, each with a dull black face above it.”
“Then I made him lick the blood off the blade, spat in his face, and respectfully asked the havildar what I should do next.”
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