Definition of patwari in English:

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patwari

Pronunciation: /pʌtˈwɑːri/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun (plural patwaris)

Indian
A government official who keeps records regarding the ownership of land.
Example sentences
  • This includes computerising land records so that farmers can secure title-documents without having to grovel before the local patwari (the government land-record keeper).
  • Specimens of the Baboo culture in India - from the patwari to the deputy collector and the honorary magistrate - are comic both in their servility to their white superiors and their arrogance towards the common people.
  • He told this correspondent that kanungos and patwaris had been asked by the Revenue Department to vacate encroachments.

Origin

From Hindi paṭwārī, from Sanskrit paṭṭa 'document' + pāla 'keeper'.

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