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

  • noun A person of high rank, especially in India.
  • noun The rank held in the Egyptian army by the British commander-in-chief in Egypt between 1883 and 1899 during the period of British occupation of Egypt.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In India: A chief or military officer; a person in command or authority.
  • noun Same as sirdar-bearer.

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

  • noun A native chief in Hindostan; a headman.
  • noun In Turkey, Egypt, etc., a commander in chief, esp. the one commanding the Anglo-Egyptian army.

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

  • noun A high-ranking person in India and other areas of west-central Asia; a chief, a headman.
  • noun The leader of a group of Sherpa mountain guides.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an important person in India


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

[Hindi and Urdu sardār, from Persian, commander : sar, head; see ker- in Indo-European roots + -dār, holder; see dher- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Hindistani سردار, from Persian سردار, compound of سر (sar, "head") + دار (dar, "holder").



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