from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In India, a gate-keeper, watchman, or policeman; usually, a private watchman. Also written chokhadar, chokedar, chokeedar, chowkeydar.


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  • Four pickets of his own regular army should watch the camp, that our slumbers might not be disturbed, and when challenged by the sentries, they would reply, "chokidar" (watchman).

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force An Episode of Frontier War Winston S. Churchill 1919

  • In addition to the cordon of sentries round the cantonment, strong piquets were posted on all the principal roads leading towards the hills; and every house had to be guarded by a _chokidar_, or watchman, belonging to one of the robber tribes.

    Forty-one years in India From Subaltern To Commander-In-Chief Frederick Sleigh Roberts

  • I think you and I had better be seeking our beds; I have seen the _chokidar_ peering round the corner of the staircase; I don't know what he is up to; he may imagine that we are hatching mischief.

    The Road to Mandalay A Tale of Burma 1884


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