Meaning of mehtar in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmeɪtə/


(also mehter)
rare, historical
  • 1In South Asia: a house-sweeper, a scavenger; the lowest-ranking house-servant.

  • 2(The title of) the ruler of the former kingdom of Chitral in the Hindu Kush (annexed to Pakistan in 1974).


Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From Urdu mehtar headman, lord, chief, and its etymon Persian mihtar headman, lord, chief, later ‘groom (of the stable)’, use as noun of comparative of mih great. Compare matranee.