sirdar

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Etymology[edit]

From Hindistani سردار[Devanagari needed], from Persian سردار, compound of سر (sar, head) + دار (dar, holder).

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Noun[edit]

sirdar (plural sirdars)

  1. A high-ranking person in India and other areas of west-central Asia; a chief, a headman.
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 43:
      Pottinger's guide, who turned out to be married to the daughter of the Sirdar, or headman, insisted on entering the village first, explaining that it was customary with strangers in this dangerous region.
  2. The leader of a group of Sherpa mountain guides.