sir·dar (sûrdär′, 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-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + -dār, holder; see dher- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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