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jamadar Line breaks: jama|dar
Pronunciation: /ˈdʒʌməˌdɑː/

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(also jemadar)

Definition of jamadar in English:


1A minor official or junior officer.
Example sentences
  • Another jemadar prowled, revolver in one hand, primed grenade in the other, and kukri clenched between his teeth.
  • In exchange of their services, jamadars and mrdhas were usually remunerated chakran or service tenure.
  • A significant number of labourers contract themselves out to the kdedars or jamadars who liaise between workers and contractors on a commission basis.
1.1 historical An Indian officer in a sepoy regiment.
Example sentences
  • Again there are at least 15 pictures of caparisoned elephants, horses, infantry and jemadars and the royal couple in action.
  • Maharajahs, elephants, dusty plains, imposing mountains, teeming bazaars… and loyal Indian jemadars and subedars who made sturdy and trusty subordinates.
  • CITATION On 12 December 1947, Nand Singh was employed as a jemadar with the 1st Sikh Regiment, defending Kashmir from a Pakistani attack.
2A person who sweeps homes or offices as a job.
Example sentences
  • Most of the garbage is handled manually by municipal employees and private jamadars at great risk to their own health.
  • I thought jamadars carrying huge bags of garbage had little children in there.
  • Yet, the steady stream of jamadars who spend their days cleaning out the toilets of houses both modest and grand, a job that other domestic staff resolutely refuse to consider, is indicative of just how deeply rooted caste consciousness is.


From Urdu jam(a)‘dār, from Persian, from Arabic jama‘, jamā‘a(t) 'muster' + -dār 'holder'.

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