jemadar

jemadar

[jem-uh-dahr]
noun (in India)
1.
any of various government officials.
2.
the supervisor of a staff of servants.
3.
an officer in a sepoy regiment, corresponding in rank to a lieutenant.

Origin:
1755–65; < Urdu jamadar, variant of jamdar < Persian < Arabic jamʿ aggregation + Persian dār holding, leader of

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jemadar (ˈdʒɛməˌdɑː)
 
n
1.  a native junior officer belonging to a locally raised regiment serving as mercenaries in India, esp with the British Army (until 1947)
2.  an officer in the Indian police
 
[C18: from Urdu jama `dār, from Persian jama `at body of men + dār having]

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