One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A male police constable or soldier.
- ‘In the ensuing gun battle three army jawans, one police man and a civilian sustained bullet injury.’
- ‘The militants first opened fire from the top of a hillock when the jawans were in a regular patrol in the area.’
- ‘He cautioned jawans not to be provoked while operating in insurgency prone areas, and urged them to act in patience by respecting the human rights of innocent civilians.’
- ‘The fire was effectively retaliated by the police and army jawans.’
- ‘When I was in active service, the Kashmiri Pandit Officers in the Indian army, after independence, outnumbered the Kashmiri jawans therein.’
From Urdu jawān ‘young man’, from Persian; ultimately related to young.
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