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- n. A military rank of the British Indian Army and of the modern armies of India and Pakistan, equivalent to sergeant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. In the British Indian armies, a noncommissioned officer of native soldiers, corresponding to a sergeant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The highest non-commissioned officer in a native regiment in India; a sepoy sergeant. The term is adopted in the British Indian army for a native sergeant.
From Persian حوالدار, from Arabic حواله ("charge") + Persian دار ("holder"). (Wiktionary)