zamindar definition by Webster's New World
- a collector of the revenue from land
- a landholder; specif., under British rule, an aristocratic landowner with extensive holdings
Origin: Hindi zamīndār, an occupant of land, landholder ; from Persian ; from zamīn, land, earth plush -dār, holding
zamindar definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An official in precolonial India assigned to collect the land taxes of his district.
- A landholder in British colonial India responsible for collecting and paying to the government the taxes on the land under his jurisdiction.
Origin: Hindi zamīndār, from Persian : zamīn, earth; see dhghem- in Indo-European roots + -dār, -holder; see dher- in Indo-European roots.