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sirdar

[ser-dahr] /sərˈdɑr/
noun
1.
(in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan) a military chief or leader.
2.
(formerly) the British commander of the Egyptian army.
Also, sardar.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Hindi sardār < Persian
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  • In the afternoon comes the sirdar, the head of the porters, and thanks me again.
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sardar

/səˈdɑː/
noun (in India)
1.
a title used before the name of Sikh men
2.
a leader
Word Origin
Hindi, from Persian

sirdar

/ˈsɜːdɑː/
noun
1.
a general or military leader in Pakistan and India
2.
(formerly) the title of the British commander in chief of the Egyptian Army
3.
a variant spelling of sardar
Word Origin
from Hindi sardār, from Persian, from sar head + dār possession
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