subadar

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From Urdu صوبدار, and its source, (Indian) Persian صوبدار, corresponding to subah +‎ -dar.

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subadar (plural subadars)

  1. (South Asia, now historical) The governor or commander in charge of a subah; a viceroy. [from 17th c.]
  2. (now historical) An Indian officer in the British Indian Army, of a rank equivalent to captain. [from 18th c.]
    • 2008, Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies, Penguin 2015, p. 31:
      Also in his favour were his family's connections, the most notable of which consisted of an uncle who had risen to the rank of subedar in the East India Company's army […].
  3. A junior commissioned officer in the armies of India and Pakistan.

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