Definition of jawan in English:



  • A male police constable or soldier.

    • ‘When I was in active service, the Kashmiri Pandit Officers in the Indian army, after independence, outnumbered the Kashmiri jawans therein.’
    • ‘The militants first opened fire from the top of a hillock when the jawans were in a regular patrol in the area.’
    • ‘In the ensuing gun battle three army jawans, one police man and a civilian sustained bullet injury.’
    • ‘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.’


From Urdu jawān ‘young man’, from Persian; ultimately related to young.