Definition of sangar in English:


(also sanga)


  • A small protected structure used for observing or firing from, which is built up from the ground.

    • ‘The Newtownhamilton sangar, built only three years ago, was to all intents and purposes, a large empty shed beside a helicopter landing pad some distance from the military base in the town.’
    • ‘Razor wire was strung between the RPA and Australian accommodation and elsewhere around the compound, and security was further enhanced with the building of sangars, bunkers and strong points.’
    • ‘One gave me aerial shots of the cemetery and another gave me street maps which had the exact placing of the Army sangars, or lookout posts, overlooking Milltown.’
    • ‘In rocky terrain, where digging is difficult, boulders are used to build sangars, which serve the same purpose.’
    • ‘Here the Tibetans had erected a series of stone embrasures, known to the Indian Army as sangars, now occupied in strength.’


Mid 19th century: from Pashto, probably from Persian sang ‘stone’.