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Borrowed from Hindi कोतवाल (kotvāl); see there for more.


kotwal (plural kotwals)

  1. (historical) The leader of a kot or fort in medieval India.
  2. The local police chief or magistrate of a town or city in India or the East Indies.
    • 1997, Kiran Nagarkar, Cuckold, HarperCollins 2013, p. 437:
      Why do people pay taxes, offer their wrists for manacling when the kotwal or even an ordinary policeman shows up at the door to arrest a man who is accused of committing a theft or murder?

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