Definition of zamindar in English:


Line breaks: za|min|dar
Pronunciation: /zəˈmiːndɑː
(also zemindar)


Indian historical
  • A landowner, especially one who leases his land to tenant farmers.
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    • Atman's ancestors left their homeland due to the cruel exploitation by the zamindars, besides excruciating poverty and disease.
    • Land ownership was redistributed to British-selected zamindars, by using excuses of human rights abuses of the prior owners or rulers.
    • The zamindars were not really ‘masters of the land’ but tax farmers subservient to imperial officials.


via Urdu from Persian zamīndār, from zamīn 'land' + -dār 'holder'.

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