Zamindar definition

zămən-där, zĕm-, zə-mēn-där
An official in precolonial India assigned to collect the land taxes of his district.
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A landholder in British colonial India responsible for collecting and paying to the government the taxes on the land under his jurisdiction.
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(historical) In India,
  • A collector of the revenue from land.
  • A landholder; specif., under British rule, an aristocratic landowner with extensive holdings.
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(historical) A landowner, especially on the Indian subcontinent, one paying tax directly to the British government.
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(historical) An official tax-collector.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
zamindar
Plural:
zamindars

Origin of zamindar

  • Hindi zamīndār from Persian zamīn earth dhghem- in Indo-European roots -dār -holder dher- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Urdu, from Persian زمین"ŒØ¯Ø§Ø± (zamin-dâr).

    From Wiktionary