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havildar Line breaks: hav¦il|dar
Pronunciation: /ˈhavɪldɑː/

Definition of havildar in English:


(In South Asia) a soldier or police officer corresponding to a sergeant.
Example sentences
  • Prisoners appointed as overseers asked for the designation havildar, evoking police or military service, instead of the jail designation - daffadar.
  • When some of the constables, havildars and other employees of the KSRP were asked to come on stage along with their children and wives to receive the prizes, the proud fathers walked in style with their head held high.
  • It began with the sergeant, or havildar, thumping out a beat on an empty jerry can using a carabiner.


From Urdu hawildār, from Persian ḥawāldār 'trust-holder', from ḥawāl (from Arabic ḥawāl 'charge, assignment') + -dār 'holder'.

Words that rhyme with havildar

chowkidar • Godard

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