Definitions

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.

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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  • He was a mad zamindar, for while he yet lived he gave to the younger his portion of the inheritance.

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  • I could live like a zamindar, I could work for pleasure.

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  • Both of the pictures reminded me of the zamindar in old Hindi films going around his estate with a flunkey holding an umbrella up over his head to protect the zamindar from the rigor of the sun.

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  • Narsing Rao, with the help of his cameraman AK Bir, recreates the graceful lifestyle of the privileged in limpid, sensuous images, as when the wife of the zamindar is bathed and coiffeured by her maids, and contrasts it effectively with his bleak suffocating world of the housemaid, whose world is not her own.

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  • She goes through the back breaking routine of household chores as well as being expected to entertain the zamindar and his male guests.

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  • The gumastah felt that the collector would be more inclined to punish a "low class" group, in the same way that the zamindar probably felt that the collector would be able to deal more appropriately with the matter if he were to know that the weavers were Dévángas.

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