Meaning of bahadur in English:


Pronunciation /ˌbɑːhəˈdʊə/


  • 1Indian A great man.

    ‘Here are these people sweeping the floor, filling containers with water, picking up cow dung, but when they return home, they revert to their roles as sahib bahadurs and memsahibs.’
    • ‘In times like the present, the stories of nawabs, zamindars and khan bahadurs may not have the kind of appeal that they once had.’
    • ‘As I am not a bahadur I just accompanied the bahadurs to the bus-stand and bought a ticket to Manali while they were pataoing the bus-driver for srinagar to take them along in the cabin.’
    • ‘And that is why they are called bahadurs, they are the pride of our country.’
    • ‘Soon he was the hero, not only of city guilds and dervishes, but also of the swordsmen, the young blades of the army, the bahadurs.’
    1. 1.1An honorific title, originally given to officers in British India.
      ‘Bahadur Shah’
      • ‘Lal Bahadur Shastri (born 1904) succeeded Jawaharlal Nehru as Prime Minister of India in 1964.’
      • ‘The last Mughal king, Bahadur Shah, better known as Bahadur Shah Zafar, was born in 1775 at Delhi.’
      • ‘Guru Tegh Bahadur was the youngest son of Guru Hargobind and Bibi Nanki and was born at Amritsar on April 1, 1621.’


From Urdu and Persian bahādur, from Mongolian.