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

  • n. A person of high rank, especially in India.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

  • n. an important person in India

Etymologies

Hindi sardār, from Persian : sar, head; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots + -dār, holder; see dher- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Hindistani سردار, from Persian سردار, compound of سر (sar, "head") + دار (dar, "holder"). (Wiktionary)

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