One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A police officer.
- ‘Emperor Bahadur Shah's order, issued on December 10, 1710 was a general warrant for the faujdars to ‘kill the worshippers of Nanak, i.e. Sikhs, wherever they are found.’’
Late 17th century (in the sense ‘Mogul state official in charge of the police’): from Persian fawjdār ‘military commander’, from Arabic fawj ‘troop’ + Persian -dār ‘holding, holder’.
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