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.

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  • 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.


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

Hindi zamīndār, from Persian : zamīn, earth; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots + -dār, -holder; see dher- in Indo-European roots.

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Urdu, from Persian زمین‌دار (zamin-dâr).


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