from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An official in precolonial India assigned to collect the land taxes of his district.
- n. A landholder in British colonial India responsible for collecting and paying to the government the taxes on the land under his jurisdiction.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a landowner, especially on the Indian subcontinent, one paying tax directly to the British government
- n. an official tax-collector
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A landowner; also, a collector of land revenue; now, usually, a kind of feudatory recognized as an actual proprietor so long as he pays to the government a certain fixed revenue.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as zemindar.
Hindi zamīndār, from Persian : zamīn, earth; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots + -dār, -holder; see dher- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Urdu, from Persian زمیندار (zamin-dâr). (Wiktionary)