from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An open space in a South Asian town.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Persia and India, a level open green or esplanade in or adjoining a town, serving for a parade-ground or for amusements of all sorts, but especially for military exercises, horsemanship, and horseraces. Sometimes spelled meidan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun In various parts of Asia, an open space, as for military exercises, or for a market place; an open grassy tract; an esplanade.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Alternative spelling of meidan.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Hindi and Urdu maidān from Persian maydān, city square, open place from Arabic, city square, open space, racetrack, combat area from māda, to be moved, sway; see myd in Semitic roots.]


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