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[mahy-dahn] /maɪˈdɑn/
noun, (esp. in India)
an open area or space in or near a town, often used as a marketplace or parade ground.
Origin of maidan
1615-25; < Hindi maidān < Persian < Arabic maydān Unabridged
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  • The coolie-track had led them into the widest part of the maidan, where it slopes to the south, and the huts of Bowanipore.

    Hilda Sarah Jeanette Duncan
  • When they reached the maidan, they found that it was a gentle, grassy slope.

  • I was standing talking to a friend looking on at a game of polo on the maidan.

  • For this a place was selected on the maidan, as we call the bare flat plain.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • As his last day's travel took him to Lungar and maidan before reaching Kabul he evidently made a considerable detour westward.

    The Gates of India Thomas Holdich
British Dictionary definitions for maidan


(in Pakistan, India, etc) an open space used for meetings, sports, etc
Word Origin
Urdu, from Arabic
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