Definition of zamindar in English:



(also zemindar)
historical Indian
  • A landowner, especially one who leases his land to tenant farmers.

    ‘Atman's ancestors left their homeland due to the cruel exploitation by the zamindars, besides excruciating poverty and disease.’
    • ‘Land ownership was redistributed to British-selected zamindars, by using excuses of human rights abuses of the prior owners or rulers.’
    • ‘The zamindars were not really ‘masters of the land’ but tax farmers subservient to imperial officials.’
    • ‘People must understand that society is not progressing because of rich zamindars alone; it is because of people who work in the fields.’
    • ‘He persuaded the big zamindars of the Malabar region, whose sons were his students, to part with large tracts of land, which was then mainly jungle.’



/ˈzamənˌdär/ /ˈzæmənˌdɑr/


Via Urdu from Persian zamīndār, from zamīn ‘land’ + -dār ‘holder’.