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 (sûr′där′, sər-där′)
1. A person of high rank, especially in India.
2. The rank held in the Egyptian army by the British commander-in-chief in Egypt between 1883 and 1899 during the period of British occupation of Egypt.

[Hindi and Urdu sardār, from Persian, commander : sar, head; see ker- in Indo-European roots + -dār, holder; see dher- in Indo-European roots.]


1. (Military) a general or military leader in Pakistan and India
2. (Historical Terms) (formerly) the title of the British commander in chief of the Egyptian Army
3. (Other Non-Christian Religions) a variant spelling of sardar
[from Hindi sardār, from Persian, from sar head + dār possession]


or sar•dar


1. (esp. in India and Pakistan) a military chief or leader.
2. (formerly) the British commander of the Egyptian army.
[1605–15; < Hindi sardār < Persian]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sirdar - an important person in Indiasirdar - an important person in India  
important person, influential person, personage - a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events
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