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A Zemindar, sometimes spelt zamindar, is a government revenue collector responsible for collecting taxes in a given area.

Zameen = Land (urdu word) dar = owner. [1]

One holding land on which he pays revenue to the government direct and not to any intermediate superior. In Bengal proper the zemindars hold generally considerable tracts of land, on a permanent settlement of the amount to be paid to the Government. Zemindars then leased out land to farmers and made a living.[2]


  1. Hobson Jobson
  2. Douglas & Audrey Augier, Unusual Occupation. Dec. 16 1997