Definitions

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  • n. The native captain of an Indian cavalry regiment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. In the Anglo-Indian army, a native commander of a ressala.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See risaldar.

Etymologies

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From Hindustani contraction रिसालदार / رسالدار (risāldār), from रिसालादार / رسالہ دار (risāla-dār), from Persian رساله‌دار (resāle-dār), from Arabic رسالة (risālä) + Persian agent suffix دار (dār).

Examples

  • Fatteh Khan, as ressaldar, was the senior officer in camp, and at once gave the order for every man to boot and saddle and get to horse at once.

    The Story of the Guides

  • Rasul Khan was a brother of that same ressaldar Fatteh Khan, who only the month before with a handful of the Guides 'cavalry had scattered as chaff before the wind the flower of Diwan Mulraj's horsemen, and chased them into the gates of Mooltan.

    The Story of the Guides

  • Fifteen of the enemy were shot down by the party, and the captain returned with a sword and a Minie carbine, of which he had relieved a ressaldar of the 8th

    Our Soldiers Gallant Deeds of the British Army during Victoria's Reign

  • God, "as the ressaldar-major piously remarked, the night was very cold,

    The Story of the Guides

  • "He cut down the ressaldar who commanded the Sepoys, and was in the thick of it.

    Rujub, the Juggler

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