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 fire was effectively retaliated by the police and army jawans.’
- ‘The militants first opened fire from the top of a hillock when the jawans were in a regular patrol in the area.’
- ‘When I was in active service, the Kashmiri Pandit Officers in the Indian army, after independence, outnumbered the Kashmiri jawans therein.’
- ‘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.’
From Urdu jawān ‘young man’, from Persian; ultimately related to young.
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