zamindar(redirected from zemindars)
zam·in·daralso zem·in·dar (zăm′ən-där′, zĕm′-, zə-mēn-där′)
1. An official in precolonial India assigned to collect the land taxes of his district.
2. A landholder in British colonial India responsible for collecting and paying to the government the taxes on the land under his jurisdiction.
[Hindi zamīndār, from Persian : zamīn, earth; see dhghem- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + -dār, -holder; see dher- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
(Agriculture) (in India) the owner of an agricultural estate
[via Hindi from Persian: landholder, from zamīn land + -dār holder]
or ze•min•dar(zə minˈdɑr)
1. (in British India) a landlord required to pay a land tax to the government.
2. (in Mogul India) a collector of farm revenue, who paid a fixed sum on the district assigned to him.
[1675–85; < Hindi < Persian zamīndār landholder =zamīn earth, land + -dār holding, holder]