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a noncommissioned officer in the Indian army, equivalent in rank to sergeant
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C17: from Hindi, from Persian hawāldār one in charge
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  • The havildar was the crack shot of the Madras army, having twice carried off Commander-in-Chief's prize.

  • A havildar then volunteered to mount the hill with ammunition.

  • At the same time, you had better take your havildar and his troopers with you.

  • Unfortunately for Ted, Ambar Singh, the havildar, could not be traced.

    The Disputed V.C. Frederick P. Gibbon
  • What do you do if a havildar or Naik or Sepoy is late for parade?

    Cupid in Africa P. C. Wren
  • The havildar said:' Give us no trouble, and we will give you no trouble.

    Soldiers Three Rudyard Kipling
  • I am also due to return to my regiment after a time, and I cannot be a deserter—I who intend to be havildar.'

    Life's Handicap Rudyard Kipling
  • Also, the big Police-book that was in the havildar's charge was gone.

    Soldiers Three Rudyard Kipling
  • From the gateway of the Fort above the havildar, or native sergeant, of the guard shouted to the mahout to desist.

    The Elephant God Gordon Casserly
  • A havildar of the 4th said, “Sahib, is not our march one of the greatest on record?”

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