Definitions

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  • n. Alternative spelling of meidan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.

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Examples

  • There was a legend in the family that years ago, when the maidan was a tank, an aunt was sitting in the garden, combing her daughter's long hair.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • The biggest mystery for me about Indian words in Europe is how Indo-Aryan "maidan" entered Ukrainian.

    languagehat.com: LINGUISTIC COINCIDENCES.

  • The absence of forest and other obstructions to the view, the breadth and flatness of the valleys, and the undulating character of the lower ranges that traverse its surface, give it a comparatively level appearance, and suggest the term "maidan" or "plains" to the Tibetan, when comparing his country with the complicated ridges of the deep Sikkim valleys.

    Himalayan Journals — Complete

  • Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi's helicopter has landed on the filthy Ramlila 'maidan' creating a virtual dust storm, which temporarily hides the filth on the ground.

    rediff.com

  • The term "maidan," so often applied to Tibet by the natives, implies, not a plain like that of India, but simply an open, dry, treeless country, in contrast to the densely wooded wet regions of the snowy Himalaya, south of Tibet.] forms no exception.

    Himalayan Journals — Complete

  • But Shaheed was staring at a maidan in which lady doctors were being bayoneted before they were raped, and raped again before they were shot.

    G. Roger Denson: The Beauty We Fear: The Mosques of Secular Muslim Writers

  • Princess Jahanara Begam stayed on at the edge of the field long after Najabat and Antarah had gone, long after the maidan had emptied and the horses had been led away.

    Shadow Princess

  • By the time the sun was centered in the sky over Agra, the maidan was teeming with people who had been waiting for a place at the proceedings since dawn.

    Shadow Princess

  • Their feet were already dusty, though; even the short trip from the stables to the maidan had muddied them to their knees.

    Shadow Princess

  • They could barely see her through the thick dust that still floated above the maidan, but they did see her touch her heart and then her mouth, as though she had sent a kiss toward them across the length of the field.

    Shadow Princess

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  • "We went to the railway station so that I could buy a ticket for the Himigiri-Howrah Express, a mighty Aryan iron horse that would drag me clear across the north of the subcontinent to Chandigarh. I got a chitty from Window A and took it for authorisation to Window B. At Window B I received a second chitty and took it to the Sales Booth. Every single step had to be taken through a dense thicket of humanity; thorny limbs pricked me, twiggy fingers scratched me. I emerged blinking and bedevilled into the harsh light of the maidan."
    Psychogeography by Will Self, p 85

    October 13, 2010

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    September 19, 2008