Definition of zamindar in English:

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zamindar

Pronunciation: /zəˈmiːndɑː/
(also zemindar)

noun

Indian historical
A landowner, especially one who leases his land to tenant farmers.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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