jawan

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From Persian جوان (javân, young, a youth).

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jawan (plural jawans)

  1. (India) An infantryman; a soldier.
    • 1992, Satyindra Singh, Blueprint to Bluewater: The Indian Navy, 1951-65, page 402
      In any event we soon had the Army jawan sent by the Major with us in the boat and headed for shore.
    • 1999, R. D. Pradhan, Debacle to Revival: Y.B. Chavan as Defence Minister, 1962-65, page 44
      He obviously expected one of the senior army officials to walk over and talk to the jawan.

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