Definition of defterdar in English:
(In the Ottoman Empire and modern Turkey) a finance officer or treasurer, especially a provincial accountant general.
- The defterdar kept a book of all the inhabitants in every town or village, by the help of which the sultan levied taxes.
- Thus, for the appointment of a vizier or defterdar, the grand vizier's recommendation to the sultan and/or direct consultation was required.
- The taxation system of the Ottoman Empire was also regulated by the information of the defterdars to central government regarding the tax liabilities of the population.
Turkish, from Persian daftardār, from daftar 'register' + -dār 'holder'.
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